Patients’ fears over fertility clinic closure

Mary Cody

Reporter:

Mary Cody

A number of patients claim that they are owed thousands of euro after the Kilkenny Clinic closed suddenly last month.

A number of patients claim that they are owed thousands of euro after the Kilkenny Clinic closed suddenly last month.

Ten staff at the premises were made redundant at the clinic, which specialises in fertility isssues on January 13.

The building is now closed and piles of letters remain unopened in the hall.

A number of patients claim that they are owed substantial amounts of money from the company, which according to The Companies Register continues to trade.

A voice message at the Kilkenny Clinic tells patients to contact other health professionals in the area if they require ‘fertility follow up or seek assistance’ and states that the business is closed due to the ill health of it’s owner, Dr Martine Millett Johnson.

One patient said that ‘no one still understands what is happening and why people hoping to get fertility treatments were treated in such a disgraceful way’.

The voice message also informs patients that frozen embryos and sperm were transferred to Clane Clinic and that arrangements are being made for the ‘safe storage of all patient records’.

A number of patients have voiced their views on the pregnancy and fertility website - rollercoaster.ie where they speak of their ‘upset’ and ‘frustration’.

One patient described the situation as ‘a waiting game which feels like daylight robbery’.

According to the Companies Registration Office the current status of The Kilkenny Clinic is ‘normal’.

There was no spokesperson available for comment from the clinic when contacted by the Kilkenny People.