Coronavirus information and policies
Updated April 2, 2020
At the Bethesda Fertility Center, we are committed to the health, safety and well-being of our patients, their families, and our staff. In the midst of the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are working to provide necessary services for our patients while actively monitoring the ever-changing situation and implementing guidelines from the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health, the Hamilton and Butler County Departments of Health, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
To protect our patients, staff and community, we are taking the following steps:
- Aggressively cleaning and disinfecting our waiting rooms, patient rooms and procedure rooms, in addition to continuing the high industry standards of sanitization we already observed.
- Removing all magazines and beverages (water, coffee etc.) from the reception area—we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
- Requesting that families limit non-essential adults during office visits as TriHealth/Bethesda medical campuses are not permitting visitors at this time.
- Asking patients that if you or anyone in your family has a cough, fever, sore throat, and/or shortness of breath, please reschedule appointments. Our office then recommends waiting two weeks before rescheduling your appointment.
- Asking that if any patient is returning from travel from an area with widespread transmission of Coronavirus, please reschedule your appointment for two weeks after your return.
- For existing patients:
- We will continue to provide obstetrical services at our center which include first trimester ultrasounds and blood work.
- All gynecologic services are canceled or postponed at this time unless deemed urgent or emergent by the medical staff at the center.
- All elective procedures are canceled or postponed at this time.
- All new fertility treatment cycles, including ovulation induction, intrauterine inseminations (IUIs), in vitro fertilization (IVF), retrievals, frozen embryo transfers and non-urgent gamete cryopreservation are suspended at this time.
- We are minimizing in-person interactions and increasing the use of Telehealth.
- New patients will still be able to consult with our physicians through our Telehealth services. Our staff will make sure to fully register patients through Artisan PRIOR to the scheduled appointment. The physicians will then contact the patient via phone or video platform to discuss medical history and plan of care.
Our staff is committed to maintaining the quality of our care during this period. As this is a fluid situation, we will continue to share updates through our website and our Facebook page. We wish your family health and safety and thank you for your patience! For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease website, www.cdc.gov/COVID19.