NEWS ABOUT COVID-19
Dear Madam, Sir,
important information to our patients from the Netherlands:
Due to the high number of Corona infections, the Netherlands will once again be labeled as a 'high-risk area' by the RKI from Sunday 18 July. If you travel from the Netherlands to Germany, you are obliged to show your vaccination certificate or negative Corona test result when being asked. For a stay of less than 24 hours, you do not need to register your trip in advance with the local authorities.
We are currently receiving many questions about vaccination against COVID-19 during the pre-conception period, fertility treatment, pregnancy and childbirth. Always consult your GP for individual questions in this regard. However, we also refer to the positions of the RIVM, the RKI and the NVOG. For the time being, there seems to be no objection to vaccination in the pre-conception period, fertility treatment and breastfeeding. Future studies should definitively confirm the safety.
Healthy pregnant women are advised not to receive routine vaccinations against COVID-19. An exception to this are women with an underlying serious illness, as well as women with a profession where exposure to SARS-CoV-2 occurs (such as health care professionals).
Regardless of the vaccination status, the regular precautions (washing hands, disinfection, wearing a mouth mask) will continue unabated for this group.
You can gladly visit our clinic. Please adhere to the general/current Corona-guidelines/-advice from the Government, the RKI and the RIVM. If you have typical signs or symptoms, you must seek medical assistance, and inform us you might be Corona positive. We are also happy to receive the results of your Corona test carried out. This may be necessary for later report to the responsible ´Gesundheitsamt´.
About 50% of regular healthcare in Europe has hardly been able to continue in recent months, because of the effects of the coronavirus, also because patients have also postponed their planned appointments/treatments. This has created a large reservoir of healthcare demand. For non-acute treatments (which also includes fertility treatments) the reservoir is even larger than in other fields. As a result, the waiting time for an appointment and/or treatment is currently probably longer than you may be used to. We understand, and notice, that this can be frustrating. You can rest assured that you don't have to wait longer than necessary, but kindly ask for your understanding regarding the available capacity. In doing so, we do justice to the time you need, and the time that your practitioner must have available for this. This is the only way we can stay healthy together!
When using public transportation, or visiting a shop in Germany, wearing a facemask is mandatory and will be maintained. Within our centre we keep to the prescribed minimum distance of 1.5 meters. If this cannot be guaranteed (for example during an examination), the staff will wear a facemask for protection. You may also be provided with a facemask. Furthermore, we kindly ask you to enter our centre only if you are under treatment. Please do not bring children or other accompanying persons into our centre. If you yourself have signs or symptoms of a cold, sore throat, cough and/or fever, we moreover urgently ask you to not visit our centre. We do realize that in these uncertain times, choices will not always be pleasant for you or for us, but we put your and our health first. Moreover, we have to follow and abide current legislation and regulations in Germany.
INFORMATION AND NEWS ABOUT OUR CENTER
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We have the possibility of planning intakes/consultations with Dr. Michael Scholtes, within and outside the regular office hours through video conferencing. Hence, you do not need to travel to our centre. Appointments will be planned through our back office after consulting with Dr. Scholtes. Dr. Scholtes is widely known, home and abroad, as an expert in the field of reproductive medicine, and we are very delighted to have the chance to continue the successful cooperation!
Following an amendment to the guidelines of the 'Ärztekammer Nordrhein' the treatment of lesbian couples is allowed. A warm welcome to you!
The ´deutsche Gewebegesetz´ stipulates that only laboratories with a certification according to §20b AMG are allowed to analyse serological parameters (e.g. hepatitis B, C and HIV) in the context of fertility treatment (incl. IUI) and cryopreservation of cells. The blood samples must be taken within three months prior to the first cell/tissue collection. With favourable results, the results are valid up to a maximum of 24 months, after which a new blood test is necessary (TPGGewV). Unfortunately, results from foreign (i.e. non-German) laboratories are not accepted according to German law, which means that in such cases a new blood test within Germany is required.
Kinderwunschzentrum Heinsberger Höfe GbR
Drs. Willem-Jan S.S. Cuypers
Drs. Nerissa B.E. Cuypers
Fachärzte für Frauenheilkunde und Geburtshilfe
Schwerpunkt gynäkologische Endokrinologie und Reproduktionsmedizin
Dr. Ralf Böhm