The Aberdeen Fertility Centre has been at the forefront of fertility treatments for over 30 years. Once a diagnosis has been made by our caring team of expert clinicians and embryology staff, we can offer a range of treatments across our Centre to suit your individual needs.
As of the 1st July 2022, a new law comes into effect relating to the maximum permitted storage period for gametes and embryos.
The new law relates to changes in the maximum permitted period of time gametes or embryos can be stored.
The current regulations limit the maximum storage period for gametes or embryos to 10 years unless a patient can demonstrate a medical need to extend this period longer. The new law allows for a maximum period of 55 years.
The change in the law means that a new set of HFEA consent forms must be used.
To benefit from the increased storage period(s) under the new law, you will need to complete and sign the new consent forms, even if you have signed the old forms already.
The new consent forms are only being released by HFEA on the 1st July 2022, and will then apply to patients undergoing treatment after this date.
Since the new consent forms are not being released until 1st July, there may only be a short period of time for you to complete the new forms before storage of any of your gametes or embryos. Although we are sorry for any inconvenience caused, matters of law are beyond the control of the centre.
Please speak to a member of the team if you have any questions.
On the 1st August 2022, Aberdeen Fertility Centre will be solely managed by NHS Grampian (up to this point the Centre has operated under the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian).
What does this mean to you?
The service you receive will remain unchanged – this applies to both NHS funded and self-funded patients. You will receive the same treatment as before, undertaken in the same centre and by the same staff.
The only change we want you to be aware of is that on 1st August, your personal data will no longer be held by the University of Aberdeen and all your information will be held and managed by NHS Grampian.
On the Centre website, our privacy notice describes how your personal data is used.
On 1st August, this privacy notice will be changed to reflect that NHS Grampian will be managing your personal data.
Please read the privacy notice carefully. As stated above, the only change is your information will be held and managed by NHS Grampian rather than the University of Aberdeen. We will continue to operate a multi-disciplinary, partnership team who look after patients and data with the highest standard of ethics.
If you have any questions about how your information will be handled, please contact NHS Grampian Data Protection Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nev Trower, Business Manager
Aberdeen Fertility Centre
Fertility treatment for unvaccinated patients no longer need to be deferred. However, Patients will be
If your treatment was deferred due to non-vaccination, Please get in touch with the clinic and we will arrange further appointment soon.
The Scottish Intensive Care Society Report, published on 13 October, highlighted that of the 89 COVID-19 positive pregnant women who were admitted to critical care between December 2020 and end September 2021, 88 were unvaccinated, 1 was partially vaccinated, and none were fully vaccinated. Wave 3 has seen increased numbers of pregnant women being admitted to hospital with moderate to severe COVID-19 symptoms requiring critical care, with clinicians reporting a particular peak in September.
In addition to this, the latest evidence from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) and the Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE-UK) shows that unvaccinated pregnant women and their babies have died after admission to hospital with Covid-19 and 98 % of pregnant women in ICU with Covid-19 are unvaccinated. We also know that of the all women who have died during pregnancy or up to 6 weeks after birth 88% of them were unvaccinated.
Frequently asked questions for patients on Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here.
Vaccination Drop in clinics at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital
Flu and Covid 1st/2nd or booster vaccination clinics are being held in the Antenatal Clinic (1st floor, above scanning department) 12th - 14th January between 1000-1730 for staff, women and their partners to drop-in.
Introduction of new Electronic Patient Record System (EPR)
We are continually improving our service provision and are introducing a comprehensive, new EPR system which will improve our internal communication regarding patient care.
The Aberdeen Fertility Centre will not be undertaking any procedures: egg recoveries, embryo transfers, donor cycles or IUI procedures throughout December 2021 and restart on 17th January 2022. Staff will be available in the Centre throughout this time as clinics will be ongoing.
During this time staff will be undertaking training as we are introducing a new EPR management system. Please have patience when contacting the Centre throughout January and February as we roll out the live system.
Community Hubs - Blood Tests
If you are a Grampian patient and require a blood test, an appointment can be made at one of our community hubs rather than you having to attend the hospital or your GP. In order to book your appointment please ring the Central Booking Team on: Tel: 01224 555177. Further information can be found here.
If you have a query regarding a clinic appointment please contact our reception team at email@example.com. If your query relates to IVF or donor treatment please contact our administration team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are considering self funded treatment we can offer you an initial Consultation to discuss your personal situation. Should you have previously had treatment in the Centre and wish to have a self funded cycle please contact the email above.
For more information regarding fertility treatment during COVID-19, please view our patient information document here.
As we can no longer undertake our fortnightly patient information evenings, we have updated our presentation which we would ask all patients to watch prior to first consultation with medical staff. There is a lot of information about fertility treatments available in various websites, on TV, magazines and newspapers however, within the Aberdeen Fertility Centre our experienced and caring staff will explore all options that may be suitable for you and together we will work out your individual journey.
Information will be provided by our medical, nursing and laboratory colleagues to ensure you are confident in giving your consent prior to any procedure or process being undertaken.
Fertility is something that most take for granted, for some however fertility issues can mean that having a child is difficult or impossible without help from a donor. Donors are people from all walks of life - there is no such thing as a standard donor. What they have in common is a desire to give the gift of life and help people to achieve the family they otherwise could not have.
A cycle of IVF can take 8-10 weeks from a menstrual bleed to the completion of the embryo transfer and it is essential that couples fully understand each step involved.
Sperm, egg or embryo freezing may be required as part of a fertility treatment cycle or for fertility preservation purposes.