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.

Success rates depend on many factors, including patient’s age and duration of infertility. The HFEA give advice on success rates.

The live birth rate per embryo transferred for the year ending 30th June 2015, as reported by the HFEA was:


  <35 35-37 38-39 40-42
Ninewells 48% 26% 24% 18%
  (93/193) (23/87)  (13/55) (5/28)
National average 41% 34% 26%  

Frozen embryo transfer (all ages)

Ninewells 33%
National Average 21%

Continuing pregnancy rates per embryo transfer for the six month period July - December 2018, are: 

<35 55.4% (39/57)
35-37 51.4% (19/37)
38-39 61.1% (11/18)
40-42 9.6% (3/13)