We’re resuming activity! Our fertility clinic in Spain reopens its doors
Since the state of emergency was declared due to the pandemic, and in an attempt to help slow the spread of COVID-19 transmission, at URE Centro Gutenberg we followed the recommendations of the health authorities by implementing the necessary action protocols.
The measures that were implemented both locally and around the country have made it possible to begin controlling progression of this pandemic. Also, the virus has not been shown to affect pregnant women differently than non‑pregnant women. At present, no health authority has advised against getting pregnant naturally. Additionally, during the period of time that some women and couples have been forced to postpone their treatments their reproductive prognosis may have permanently suffered.
Based on how the pandemic is evolving and on the details described above, on 24th April the Ministry of Health of Spain commented on the re‑opening of assisted reproduction clinics. Their decision was based on the recommendations of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, the Spanish Fertility Society and the Association for the Study of the Biology of Reproduction. By assessing the risks versus the benefits, they established that starting 27th April clinical activity would resume in both public and private assisted reproduction centres around Spain.
The whole URE Centro Gutenberg team – united, full of excitement and more responsible than ever – has returned to work to help our patients make their dreams come true. But we mustn’t let ourselves relax as we still very much need to control this pandemic. This is why we will return to a new normal and be more conscientious than ever about the need to apply all prevention measures in order to maximise the safety of our patients and staff.
What will the new measures adopted by out fertility clinic in Spain look like?
Here we will explain everything clearly:
- Continuous updating of safety measures to control the pandemic.
- Continuous health monitoring of our patients and staff.
- We will follow all hygiene measures in all areas of the clinic.
- Required use of a face mask and hand washing when entering the clinic.
- Physical protective measures such as partitions and face shields.
- Capacity control in waiting areas.
- Spaced–out appointments to help maintain a safe distance between people.
- Timely and accurate information about possible changes to the measures taken.
- Air purification and disinfection system with the latest cutting-edge technology patented by Novaerus. This system uses a new plasma-based technology with the ability to safely destroy airborne pathogens, which are the precursors of infection within interior spaces.
Can you resume treatment without restrictions if you had to postpone it?
Our goal is always to achieve a pregnancy which has a good prognosis and is as safe as possible for the mother. For that reason, we will continuously assess the risks versus the benefits based on up‑to‑date scientific information.
This may mean that there will be situations in which we will recommend that a patient continues to postpone getting pregnant until the conditions of this pandemic improve a bit more. Our recommendations will always take into consideration both the health of the mother as well as her future baby.
Will you be tested for COVID-19 during treatment?
Yes. Before beginning treatment, at the first appointment, during treatment and prior to the end of treatment (insemination, egg collection, embryo transfer), you will undergo a test to see if it’s suspected that you have COVID-19.
Depending on availability, there are also viral and serological tests that will be performed on patients suspected of COVID‑19 infection.
If infection is detected, whether it’s based on symptoms or test results, we will recommend that treatment be cancelled for the safety of the patient and the medical staff.
What can you do to lower the risk during treatment?
We recommend that you try to comply with the following prevention measures:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cough and sneeze with your nose and mouth pointed towards the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as your hands carry germs and can spread the virus.
- Use disposable tissues and discard after using.
- Wear a protective face mask.
- Keep a safe distance between people in public places.
- Avoid crowds and public transport.
- Keep in-person socialising to a minimum.
- Limit trips to the ones that are strictly necessary.
- Inform the clinic about any changes to your health or the health of those around you.
Remember that at URE Centro Gutenberg we are here to help you. If you have any questions or would like to speak to us about your particular case, contact us here or call us on 0034 952 122 565.