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A message to our parents booked for maternity care over coming months

The increasing COVID-19 transmission in our community has prompted us to review and make changes to our level of pre-admission surveillance and restrictions during the admission phase to protect you and the team caring for you.

1 Oct 2021

Baby asleep in cot

We are looking forward to caring for you during your Maternity Admission and supporting you to welcome your new baby into the world.

Whilst COVID-19 has changed some elements of the experience we have found that new parents have benefited from no visitors as it has allowed them to relax and spend more quality time with each other and their new baby.

Effective immediately the following outlines our processes.

Pre-admission COVID-19 testing

All expectant mums and their partners will be required to undertake COVID-19 testing at the following times:

  • 5 days prior to admission if you are booked in for an elective caesarean or an induction of labour please undertake a COVID-19 test.
  • If you do not have a booked admission date then you will be required to undertake a test at 38 weeks of pregnancy and every 7 days after this until you have delivered your baby.
  • Isolation following COVID-19 testing is required to ensure that you are not exposed to the virus prior to admission. This is important so that our midwives and obstetricians are not exposed to the virus and are ready to care for you when you need them.
  • We have a COVID-19 Pre-Admission Testing Station located near the hospital foyer on ground floor. It is open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm. Testing is free of charge.
  • We are currently trialling a Rapid Antigen Test for all parents on arrival to the birthing suites which is a quick point of care test that provides another level of screening. This is a quick nasal swab and unlike the COVID-19 test does not involve testing the back of the nose and throat. The test result is within 15 minutes and although not as reliable as a COVID-19 Test it will provide another level of surveillance to ensure everyone is protected.

Partners

  • Partners will be required to have testing and isolate as outlined above.
  • Partners will be required to remain in hospital with the Mum for the entire admission period to protect our new families and the team onsite.
  • If partners are required to leave then they may only return for 2 hour visits daily and they will be required to wear a mask at all times.
  • We will provide the partners with free meals during the admission to make sure you are all well fed and comfortable

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during admission

Our midwives and doctors will be wearing N95 masks and eye protection at all times whilst delivering patient care. During delivery the team will also wear gowns and gloves as this phase of care can predispose them to increased risk of exposure.

Mums and partners will be required to wear masks at all times unless in the comfort of your room.

If you have any concerns please call our Maternity Ward and request to speak to myself or the nurse in charge of the shift.

Please know that we are here to support you before, during and following your admission. This is an exciting time for you and your family and whilst it might be different to what you imagined it will still be a milestone in your life that you will remember forever so embrace the joy and wonder that it will bring you.