Can my partner attend fertility appointments?
As the national guidance relating to COVID related restrictions change on 19 July 2021, centres may implement their own policies and different decisions may be made at a clinic level based on local circumstances about any measures they have in place, for example, when allowing partners to attend appointments.
The current guidance (as of 19 April 2021) from The Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS) and the British Fertility Society (BFS) says that centres should minimise the number of accompanying persons, and should carry out risk assessments to ensure the attendance of a partner at appointments is safe.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have introduced a framework to allow partners to be able to attend maternity services in England, including fertility treatments. They recommend using a stepwise approach, following a documented risk assessment, so you can make any necessary changes before relaxing any current approaches you may have in place. Your policies on permitting access to partners should be regularly reviewed, be tailored to your local context and take account of current risks and government policy
NHS guidance says that further to a risk assessment, women should have access to support from a person of her choosing at all stages of her maternity journey and that all trusts should facilitate this as quickly as possible.