Why renovate the Brussels VIF nursing unit?
The renovation will make your stay in our centre much more pleasant. We will improve your comfort with special attention to the intimacy of a fertility treatment.
Will I be able to continue my treatment?
Yes, all treatments will proceed. The renovation works will have no impact on waiting times and scheduling, nor on the quality of your treatment.
Is my partner allowed to be present at my appointment?
Your partner’s presence remains unchanged. Only for interventions that require an admission (for the day), the partner cannot be present at the temporary nursing unit during the intervention. This measure is unfortunately necessary for logistical reasons. No exceptions can be granted.
During consultations, counselling and an embryo transfer, your partner will always be present.
During the renovation works, inseminations will take place in a room at the Brussels IVF operating theatre where your partner can be present as well.
Where will my procedure or oocyte retrieval take place?
All fertility treatments and procedures will as usual take place at Brussels IVF; in the rooms provided for these activities and with our trained staff. Only the preparation and aftercare (which normally take place in our nursing unit (VP03)) will be distributed among various nursing units in the hospital. However, you will be taken care of and monitored by the Brussels IVF team at this alternative location.
At which nursing unit do I present myself for admission before the intervention?
The Brussels IVF nursing unit (VP03) will not be accessible at its current location from 3 April until the end of 2023. The nursing unit, with Brussels IVF staff, is temporarily accommodated at another location at UZ Brussel. You will be given the exact information when you register at the registration desk.
Where do I register for an appointment? Which hospital entrance is the most efficient? ?
The registration procedure remains unchanged for all appointments:
- during the week: registration desk at the children’s hospital
- during the weekend or on public holidays: registration desk at the main entrance
You register at the kiosk or registration desk and are given the appropriate information about your appointment and/or admission.
The Brussels IVF enrolment desk on the first floor is located at counter 1 of the registration desk in the entrance hall of the Children’s Hospital during the renovation works.
I am the partner and have to give a sperm sample on the day of oocyte retrieval. What should I do?
This is still performed at the andrology lab of Brussels IVF (route 975). You follow the signage to get to the lab counter correctly.
Afterwards, you can wait in the visitors’ cafeteria (route 899) or at the coffee corner (route 990) until when your partner is allowed to leave and can be picked up.
I am a partner/companion. Where can I go during the admission?
Due to logistical reasons, unfortunately you cannot wait in the nursing unit during the procedure as usual. You can instead use the visitors’ cafeteria (route 899) or coffee corner (route 990) to wait until when the patient is allowed to leave and can be collected at the nursing unit of admission.
When can I leave after my oocyte retrieval?
After an oocyte retrieval under local anaesthetic, the patient is usually allowed to leave the hospital 2 hours after the procedure upon doctor’s consent, if accompanied. You may then join your partner or companion at the entrance doors of the temporary nursing unit (route 370).