Your health, and the health of your future child, will always be of paramount importance to us. Certain conditions can have serious consequences for mother and baby, so every patient – male and female – who chooses to have fertility treatment with us will be required to undergo specific screening investigations as laid down by the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) Code of Practice.
Those screening tests are as follows: HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and chlamydia. We will need the full results back from the screening before we can start your treatment.
It is worth remembering that a positive result for one or more of these diseases does not necessarily mean that you cannot have fertility treatment – and cannot start your family – but it might mean that we have to approach the treatment with various safeguards in place.
We will talk you through all the implications of having these tests at the initial consultation, but if you have any queries or concerns at any stage you can always speak to a member of our nursing staff. They are friendly, approachable, non-judgemental and, above all, extremely experienced and knowledgeable.
When and where will screening take place?
After your initial consultation, you will need to make an appointment with a nurse coordinator to have both partners’ blood tests done here at the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre. This can be done at your Treatment Information Appointment (TIA) when you are ready to start treatment. Screening needs to be dated within 3 months of starting treatment.
You may have your screening carried out elsewhere but this must be through a UKAS accredited laboratory and you have the responsibility to ensure we have the results from the laboratory prior to starting your treatment. Once we have your screening results they are valid for two years.