UPDATE AS AT 08.07.2020 | 12:00 pm
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR VICTORIAN PATIENTS
The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews has announced stage three “Stay at Home” restrictions will be reinstated for six weeks as of 11.59 pm Wednesday 8 July. These restrictions will apply to metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire Council area.
Accordingly, residents of these areas are not allowed to leave home unless it is for an essential reason.
‘Essential’ reasons include care and caregiving, shopping for essential items, work, study, and exercise in your local area.
At this point in time, our Victorian donors can continue with the donation process at our clinics. However, we are advising anyone who falls into the following categories, to delay their face-to-face appointments for 14 days, if:
- you have any active flu-like symptoms;
- you have had direct contact with proven COVID-19 case or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
- if you are self-isolating or being tested for COVID-19.
If you think at any time that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please phone your clinic who will help you make the necessary changes to your treatment. Alternatively, if you would like to change your appointment to a Skype appointment, please contact our friendly staff for further information.
What safety measures do we have in place?
The safety and well-being of our donors, patients and staff continues to be our main priority and we have and continue to take appropriate measures to address this. Sperm Donors Australia’s protocols in place to mitigate unnecessary risk include (and are not limited to):
- All donors, patients and visitors to the clinics are required to wear masks on entering the clinic;
- All staff, donors, patients and visitors are screened and have temperature monitoring prior to entering clinics;
- All staff, donors, patients and visitors to the clinics are required to use hand sanitiser on entering the clinic, and staff – before and after contact with patients;
- All staff in public and patient-facing areas are required to wear masks;
- The implementation of social distancing measures wherever possible;
- Ensuring staff maintain high-infection control protocols including the thorough daily cleaning of all high-touch areas with high-grade disinfectant, including reception surfaces, door handles, and treatment areas.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times and encourage you to get in touch with us should you have any questions or would like any further information. Please contact our friendly staff on 1800 985 838
We will continue to monitor all new updates and keep you informed.
As at 21.04.2020 | 2:00pm
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL DONORS
We are pleased to inform you that Sperm Donors Australia will be recommencing its sperm donor recruitment program from next Tuesday 28 April.
We want to thank you for your ongoing support. Please be reassured that social distancing and safety measures continue to be in place to ensure the safety of our donors and staff at all times.
Please call 1800 985 838 to learn more about our program or to book an appointment!
As at 26.03.2020 | 11:00 am
We would like to reassure you that Sperm Donors Australia continues to take enquiries and registrations from sperm donors. We are closely monitoring the current situation and guidelines provided by the Australian Government – Department of Health and we will continue to provide any important updates as they are made available.
The safety of our donors, patients and staff is our main priority and we have taken numerous measures to address this. If you think at any time that you may have been exposed to Coronavirus, please phone your clinic who will help you make the necessary changes to your appointment.
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus that was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.
Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience:
- flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
- shortness of breath
There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Good hygiene can prevent infection.
How it spreads and who is at risk?
There is evidence that the virus spreads from person-to-person.
The virus is most likely spread through:
- close contact with an infectious person
- contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
- touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have a cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face.
In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are those who have:
- recently been in mainland China, Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea. Please note this list will be updated periodically, for further information refer to the Australian Government website.
- been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of Coronavirus
Health authorities have confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Australia. For the latest number, read the Coronavirus health alert from the Australian Government (Department of Health).
What precautions are we taking?
Sperm Donors Australia is taking every precaution around donor appointments due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus.
Please do not be offended if we ask a few extra questions over the next few weeks as we book appointments/consultations – patient safety is our priority at this time.
Sperm Donors Australia is advising anyone who falls into the following categories, to delay their appointments for 14 days. Please note donors have the option to change their appointment to a Skype appointment, please contact our friendly staff for further information.
- Active flu-like symptoms
- Recent direct contact with proven COVID-19 case
- Recent return from overseas travel within the past 14 days
- Any donor who has returned from overseas travel at any time after 15 March must self-isolate for 14 days.
If you think at any time that you may have been exposed to Coronavirus, please phone your clinic who will help you make the necessary changes to your appointment.
We will continue to monitor all new updates and keep you informed as we receive more information from the Australian Government Department of Health.
What to look for:
The symptoms of Coronavirus are similar to those of any other upper-respiratory infection – runny nose, coughing, sore throat, and sometimes a fever. In most cases, it will not be obvious if it is Coronavirus or any different cold-causing virus.
Some practical ways to help reduce the general risk of infection include:
- Avoid very close contact with people showing symptoms
- Frequently washing hands
- Practice good coughing etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands)
- Not sharing plates, utensils with others
Fertility Society of Australia – COVID-19 recommendation
In response to the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) has been providing a series of recommendations, please visit City Fertility’s web page Fertility Society of Australia – COVID-19 information or the Fertility Society of Australia website for further information.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Fertility Advice Team on 1800 985 838 or email email@example.com.