Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Patient information
All our activities are fully available. We do everything in our power to limit any waiting time.
Testing policy as of 16/05:
- Prior to a procedure (e.g. oocyte retrieval, surgery (day treatment), ...), testing for COVID will no longer be standard procedure.
- Only when you present symptoms of a COVID19 infection on admission a rapid antigen test will be carried out.
If this test is positive, a PCR test will be requested for confirmation.
- A positive test does not result in the cancellation of your planned oocyte retrieval. Together with the treating doctor it will be assessed when an embryo transfer can be safely performed.
- In the event of a positive test before a procedure under general anaesthesia, it will be assessed with the doctor and the anaesthesiologist whether the procedure can be safely performed.
- When presenting symptoms of illness and a positive test for COVID19 before an embryo transfer, this is postponed in order to maximise the chances of a favourable outcome.
Additional measures are still in place to ensure your health and that of our staff as much as possible.
- Please respect social distancing in the waiting rooms, at all contacts, appointments and examinations.
- Wearing a surgical mask in our hospital remains mandatory (a cloth mouth mask is not allowed).
- As a patient, you may be present with your partner at all appointments: consultation, examination, operation or procedure.
Vaccination against COVID-19:
- If you wish to become pregnant, we recommend that you get vaccinated.
- During your fertility treatment, it is possible to be vaccinated.
- There is no waiting period between vaccination and the start of your treatment.
We recommend you (and your partner) to get vaccinated before starting your fertility treatment or as soon as possible during your treatment. At no time does vaccination pose an additional risk to yourself, your (future) treatment or your pregnancy. Contracting COVID-19 during pregnancy on the other hand is proven to be risky, for mother and child. Vaccination can significantly protect you and your unborn child against serious COVID19-related pregnancy complications.
Consult the position statement of the Belgian Society for Reproductive Medicine
If you travel to Brussels IVF from abroad, the relevant instructions can be found on the official website of the Belgian federal government: www.info-coronavirus.be.