Fertility treatments for 33 patients have been postponed at Belfast's Regional Fertility Centre due to COVID-19.
Amid growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust decided to scale back its fertility procedures.
'The trust is currently planning for COVID-19 and as time progresses, it is envisaged that COVID-19 has the potential to impact upon service delivery in the future' said a statement. 'At the same time a number of our IVF patients have reported to us that they are anxious about beginning treatment at this time due to COVID-19.... Taking all this into consideration, the senior clinical team determined under current extant guidance, it would be best to postpone some treatment pathways as these can take 4-6 weeks to complete.'
According to the BBC, the women were notified over the phone of the postponement, and patients arriving for appointments were told to discontinue their stimulating injections. The Trust has assured patients that they will be offered alternative treatment plans.