Due to the Covid-19 situation and extraordinary pressures on the NHS acute services, Ninewells Assisted Conception Unit has taken a difficult decision to suspend all fertility treatment for the foreseeable future.
Some of the reasons are
- Unknown effects of Covid 19 on pregnancy.
- Avoidance of patients entering hospital environment for elective procedures and minimisation of transmission of virus.
- Avoidance of complications of treatment which would place patients at unnecessary risk.
- ACU staff getting redeployed to other acute services.
We will post a link to “frequently asked questions” shortly on our website. The Scottish Government provides a daily update at 2pm. Please visit https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Please try not to contact us unless you really need to as our staff are incredibly busy. Our thoughts are with you all at this very uncertain time.
The Assisted Conception Unit is located in Ward 35 in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Scotland.
Ninewells is an NHS Teaching Hospital and we provide treatment on both an NHS and self-funded basis. We have been carrying out assisted conception treatment since the early 1980s when John Mills and Geoff James established the Unit and developed it into one of the largest centres in Scotland, opening in its present location in Ward 35 in 1994. The first baby born from IVF treatment in Scotland was born in 1984.
The Unit is staffed by a multi-disciplinary professional team of medical, nursing, scientific and administrative staff. A replacement ACU was completed in 2012. A new extension including our theatre, laboratory, procedure rooms and offices opened on 14th November 2011. Following this, Ward 35 was refurbished to provide new consulting and scanning rooms, an andrology lab, recovery bay, reception and waiting area and we moved in on 13th March 2012.
We introduced a quality management system and in March 2007 achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification, upgraded to ISO 9001:2008. We have now achieved ISO 9001: 2015.
We also have ISO 15189 for our diagnostic andrology service.