The number of newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 continues to increase and in response the federal and state governments are putting further restrictions in place to try and halt the spread of the virus and “flatten the curve”. We must all play a part in this.
At Adora Fertility our passion is providing affordable and accessible fertility treatments to all Australians so it is a sad and difficult decision that we have made to not commence any new treatment cycles. For patients currently on a treatment cycle we will do our utmost to complete them.
You came to us because you wanted to start or extend your family and that is why our doctors, our nurses, our scientists and our administrative staff come to work every day, because we love creating families. We have made this decision because we need to think about you our patients, your extended families, our Adora family and our wider Australian family.
Every day I meet with our CEO, our National Nurse Manager, our Scientific Director and our National Quality & Compliance Manager. We review closely the latest advice from government and our peak advisory bodies but we also review the trends of the spread of this virus both nationally and internationally.
We have decided to stop commencing treatment cycles for the following four reasons and we hope that you are understanding of this.
- Our priority is the health and well-being of our patients. Treatment cycles require monitoring and procedures and we want to minimise the risks to our patients and their immediate and extended families.
- We also are prioritising the health and well-being of our staff and their families.
- Although we are a bulk-billing private clinic we would like to show solidarity with our doctor and nursing colleagues in the public sector who are on the front-line of this pandemic. Until the acute phase of this pandemic is over the allocation of health resources needs to go to these front-line services.
- We feel a moral duty to our wider Australian community to play our small part in “flattening the curve”.
The Fertility Society of Australia is the peak body representing reproductive medicine clinics in Australia & New Zealand. They have released a Q&A specifically for patients which you may find a useful resource. IT can be found here:
Patients Currently on Cycle:
All our resources and energy will now go into ensuring that for all patients currently on a treatment cycle we will complete these cycles safely and successfully. With no new cycles commencing we have the capacity to do this. There has been no positive case of COVID-19 for any of our patients or staff and our goal is to keep that number at zero.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) has recently released a communication specifically for patients and their families. This easy to understand statement is a useful resource about trying for pregnancy and being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be found here:
In the future:
Until the acute phase of this pandemic is over we are moving to have our appointments available via online platforms. We are using a secure platform called Coviu which will also enable us to obtain legal consent from our patients for treatments. Please contact our clinic for further information and to book appointments.
From the moment this pandemic is back under control we will be re-commencing our treatments. We will be back stronger than ever and ready to help you start or extend your family…that is unless you don’t need us with all that time in self-isolation!
Thank you for your understanding and we hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and well in these challenging times.
Dr Paul Atkinson
Medical Director Adora Fertility