COVID-19: Mothers encouraged to maintain appointments
Published at: 03 Apr 2020
GV HEALTH’S MATERNITY SERVICES TEAM IS REMINDING PREGNANT WOMEN THAT SERVICES ARE STILL AVAILABLE AND HAVE BEEN ADAPTED TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF YOU AND YOUR BABY.
GV Health Maternity Services Manager Carmel Brophy said maternity services were still running at the healthcare service.
“Women will still be cared for from the antenatal stage right through to domiciliary,” she said.
Ms Brophy said there had been processes put in place, however, to ensure the safety of mothers and their babies during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“At all points of contact we will be screening and conducting temperature checks.”
Ms Brophy said expecting mothers could head straight to Rosewood for their appointments and be temperature checked there.
She said all initial appointments would be conducted on the phone.
GV Health Antenatal Clinic Coordinator Bridget Hurley said appointments were now being run according to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines.
“Education will be offered over the phone,” she said.
Ms Hurley said it was incredibly important women booked in for regular physical checks during their pregnancy.
Women are also expected to attend their appointments alone.
“We have a designated waiting area at Rosewood for anyone who brings people to their appointment,” Ms Brophy said.
She said only one support person could be present during labour and birth and this person must not change.
GV Health is continuing to provide domiciliary support services in the home but screening will also be conducted, and time spent in people’s homes will be reduced.
“For all postnatal care please discuss this with your midwife prior to discharge,” Ms Brophy said.
The Lactation Clinic at 20 Monash St, Shepparton is also still operating and clients will be screened prior to entry.