CRGH safety measures during COVID-19
CRGH is taking extensive measures to keep all patients and staff safe and virus free during treatment.
A key measure of our strategy is the introduction of COVID-19 testing for patients and staff. The test is known as a ‘PCR Test’ and involves taking samples from the nose and the back of the throat.
Staff are being tested regularly, and only those with a current negative test will be permitted on the premises. Regular checks on exposure will be carried out via questionnaire, and anyone who has potentially been exposed will self-isolate.
For Egg Collections, the patient and partner will be asked to both take the test at the start of stimulation. A second test will be performed on the patient only approximately 3 days prior to egg collection.
For Frozen Thawed Embryo Transfers, patient and partner will be asked to both take the test two days prior to stopping the norethisterone tablets.
For IUI, the testing will also be required for couples embarking on IUI treatment, which will be performed two days prior to stopping the norethisterone.
For hysteroscopy, ERPC or any other procedure performed under sedation, a test will be required for the patient approximately 3 days prior to procedure.
We have introduced VideoLink for all doctor consultations.
We have invested in technology that allows us to verify identity and thus complete consent forms remotely. Up to 50% of nursing can therefore also be carried out remotely. This will significantly reduce the number of visits patients will need to make to the clinic.
We have developed a travel plan that absolutely minimises the use by staff of public transport.
We have secured stocks of fully certified PPE, which will be used according to current NHS best practice guidelines.
Patients are asked to purchase masks and wear them whenever on the premises.
We have invested in an automated room steriliser that sprays a fine mist of hydrogen peroxide and fully decontaminates a room within 15 minutes.
We are reducing the number of patients in the building through video consultations, and appointment spacing.
Screens are being erected around reception, and partners are being asked not to attend unless they are required during treatment.