Update from Genea's Medical Director
This is the latest information about fertility treatment at Genea and in Australia as we deal with the constantly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Genea’s Medical Director Associate Professor Mark Bowman explains the situation as it stands currently. Obviously, this information could change at any time and we’ll do our best to keep you updated.
On 25 March 2020, the Australian Government directed that all non-essential surgeries must cease after 11.59pm on 1 April 2020.
Thankfully, it was decided that patients who had already commenced an IVF cycle before 1 April would be allowed to complete their treatment following consultation with their Fertility Specialist.
Dr Bowman said beyond that exemption, fertility clinics had been given clear directives from government as to elective surgery, until the current COVID-19 situation settles.
One example was egg and sperm preservation treatment as a result of cancer which is deemed essential by the Fertility Society of Australia and can therefore be conducted.
“We are devastated for patients wanting to commence treatment and understand how distressing this news is for many. However, it is imperative that the clinic follows the advice and requirements enforced by our state and federal governments,” Dr Bowman said.
“We ask that patients consider and understand the multiple issues involved with managing this pandemic and how IVF treatment fits in. Consider the issues not only of being pregnant in an uncertain time, but also issues such as general patient and staff safety, travel and social distancing requirements and the country’s need for medical resources in caring for seriously ill people.”
The health and well-being of Genea’s patients and staff has and always will be Genea’s priority.
“These restrictions will, one day, be lifted and Genea will be here, with our world leading technology and care, ready to support patients to fulfill their dream of a family.”
Genea is actively monitoring COVID-19 updates from the World Health Organisation and the Department of Health and will continue to respond based on best advice from the Australian Government, public health authorities and medical professionals.
Our counselling team is available to our patients throughout this time, via email, phone or Skype. Please contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org or Genea Hollywood at email@example.com.
Read our COVID-19 response and find useful information, resources, and advice.
Disclaimer: Please note that this is a Genea Group blog and as such information may not be relevant for all clinics. We advise that you consult clinics directly for further information.