Coronavirus/ COVID- 19

Coronavirus Covid-19: Statement from ReproMed Group incorporating all of our clinics nationwide

IIn these challenging times, ReproMed Ireland is committed to the protection of all patients and staff from exposure to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

ReproMed shall continue to act on the best interest of our patients as is and has always been our sole purpose. We understand that we are possibly putting our health and our families’ health at risk by doing so and we would greatly appreciate your cooperation in following our instructions to assist us in minimizing the risks of contact with COVID-19.

 

1. Declaration of Active Symptoms: All patients and staff shall be requested to not attend the clinic should they

a. have any symptoms of COVID-19;

b. If you are eligible for quarantining based on the current recommendations dictated by the HSE.

2. Triaging: Patients shall be triaged at least once in advance of their treatment. Patients are required to provide all relevant information to the ReproMed staff member.

3. Social Distancing: In addition to the increased hand hygiene measures patients who decide to proceed with treatment should, where reasonably practicable, reduce contact with all people outside your family unit during treatment and always follow the social distancing procedures described by the Dept of Health.

Where possible your (in clinic) appointment will be kept under 15 minutes to minimise the chance of the spread of the virus. Please ensure that if you require more information or have any questions at all that you get in touch with the clinic again that day. We would be delighted to provide you with any further information you may need.

4. Hygiene: ReproMed staff shall ensure that all surfaces and equipment are thoroughly disinfected following each patient and procedure. We will also be carrying out regular cleaning of door handles, key pads and any other surfaces with high volumes of contact. On arrival at our clinic you shall be asked to sanitize your hands and don a mask. Please ensure to continue to practise good hand hygiene as required both inside and outside of our clinic.

5. Remote Meetings: ReproMed shall use online platforms, such as Zoom / Skype, to conduct medication consultations and / or nurse consultations to further reduce the on-site appointment requirements.

6. Egg Collections: When the time for egg collection arrives, ReproMed requests that the female patient having treatment attends alone. Male partners will be required to produce the required semen sample off-site and deliver it to the clinic when scheduled. Following the completion of the egg collection and appropriate recovery period, the patients’ partner shall be contacted to collect the female from the clinic. This collection time shall be scheduled to minimise the time in the clinic by the patients’ partner.

7. Adherence to the Dept of Health Guidelines:

The Dept of Health will continue to monitor the situation with this Pandemic closely. As a healthcare provider, we are currently defined as an essential service.

Patient Information: COVID-19 and Pregnancy; Consent to Treatment

If you are pregnant your chance of getting COVID-19 is not higher than anyone else and it is very likely you will get seriously ill with it.

Pregnant women are in the moderate risk (clinically vulnerable) group as a precaution. This is because you can sometimes be more at-risk from viruses like flu if you are pregnant.

It is not clear if this happens with COVID-19, but because it is a new virus, it is safer to include pregnant women in the moderate risk group.

Although it is very rare for pregnant women to become seriously ill if they get COVID-19, it may be more likely later in pregnancy. If this happens, there is a small chance your baby may be born early or you may be advised to give birth early than your due date.

While the chances of having a stillbirth are low, there is some emerging evidence that the risk may be higher if you have COVID-19 at the time of birth.

It is important to follow advice to stop the spread of COVID-19 throughout your pregnancy. Especially when you are more than 28 weeks pregnant (in your 3rd trimester). You can also have the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are from an ethnic minority group, evidence suggests you are more likely to be admitted to hospital if you get COVID-19. Maternity teams are taking extra steps to keep you safe if you are higher risk.

It may be possible for you to pass COVID-19 to your baby before they are born, but when this has happened, the babies have got better.

There is no evidence COVID-19 causes miscarriage or affects how your baby develops in pregnancy.

Protecting yourself and your baby:

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you and your baby from COVID-19.

Being vaccinated will reduce the chance of you becoming very unwell from COVID-19 and reduce the chance of complications for your baby.

COVID-19 vaccines may actually help to protect your baby after birth as you may pass on antibiotics from the vaccine to your baby.

Get a COVID-19 vaccine if you are:

  • Pregnant
  • Trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future
  • Breastfeeding

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