Northern Ireland

Regulator lifts restrictions on Origin Fertility Care clinic

Origin Fertility Care sign
Image caption Origin Fertility Care temporarily closed its Belfast clinic in June following a RQIA inspection

Health inspectors who ordered a private fertility clinic in Belfast to stop accepting new patients have confirmed that the restrictions have been lifted.

Earlier this year, the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) identified a number of concerns about Origin Fertility Care on Belmont Road.

Inspectors had listed faults including a failure to alert authorities when women became ill after treatment.

However, RQIA said Origin had "achieved compliance" in a follow-up inspection.

The company employs about 24 staff and has approximately 5,000 clients.

After inspections at Origin Fertility Care earlier this year, the company voluntarily closed the clinic for a fortnight in June, in order to put proper systems in place.

Among the faults it was asked to address was a failure to update patients' records, including their test results.

In August, following a further inspection, the regulators said they were still not satisfied by a number of areas, including the number of suitably qualified and skilled staff, the level of staff training and aspects of management.

It served notice on Origin not to accept any new admissions or referrals of patients.

However, those restrictions have now been lifted following the latest checks at the clinic which took place on 10 October.

In a statement to the BBC, an RQIA spokesman said, "Origin Fertility Care was found to have achieved compliance with the Independent Health Care Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005.

"As a result the notice of proposal to place conditions of registration on the service was withdrawn.

"RQIA will continue to monitor the performance of the service through its ongoing regulatory activities," the statement added.

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