Monash Obstetrics are taking significant precautions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19
Please read the following before attending your appointment
We ask that you DO NOT COME to your appointment if:
- You have been overseas in the last 14 days
- You or someone in your household are unwell and have fever, cough or respiratory symptoms
- You have been in close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
If you have been confirmed or suspect you have Coronavirus:
- Please call or email us to reschedule your appointment
- If you are pregnant, please contact us for further advise
- If you have an urgent issue, please call our rooms during office hours or our paging service on 9387 1000 to contact a doctor
- If you are in labour, please call your relevant labour ward and advise them you are unwell. They will let you know what to do
When you attend your appointment:
- Minimise the number of people attending the appointment to one support person, avoid bringing relatives and children if possible. If you need to bring your children, bring their own entertainment as we have removed all toys from the waiting room.
- Please ensure you practice good hygiene and use the hand gel provided at reception (as long as this is available)
- Please respect others and keep your distance.
- Avoid physical contact unless necessary.
- Bring your own drink bottle to reduce the need for touching the water dispenser.
What to expect:
- You may experience longer than normal waiting times on the phones. Please email us for non-urgent enquires
- To reduce the number of patients attending at one time, we may need to reschedule your appointment
- Doctors may not spend longer than 15 minutes with you to reduce the risk of transmission
In order for us to continue to provide care for you, you must follow these guidelines. We need to reduce the risk of transmission throughout the practice to keep our doctors and staff out of isolation as well as other patients. We thank you for your cooperation.
ADVICE REGARDING PREGNANCY AND COVID-19
The global situation with Coronavirus (specifically Covid-19) is rapidly changing. Stay up to date and make sure you get your information from credible sources. The recommendations below are based on the most current guidelines released by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and Monash Women’s Covid-19 Protocol. These recommendations are applicable to an Australian context and may not be relevant to your community.
Pregnant women are NOT at higher risk of the consequences of Covid-19 than non-pregnant women. If you are pregnant AND have other medical conditions, you MAY be at higher risk – please make sure you discuss this with your doctor.
No evidence to show an association with miscarriage or stillbirth.
No evidence of antenatal transmission and no proven cases of vertical transmission at birth.
No evidence of fetal abnormalities and no evidence of transplacental passage or intraamniotic infection.
LABOUR AND BIRTH
Covid-19 infection alone is not an indication for caesarean section. Mode of delivery should be discussed with your treating doctor.
Breastfeeding is still recommended in Australia. If you are sick, wear a mask when breastfeeding, wash hands well before and after feeding.
It is unlikely that breastmilk carries Covid-19 (based on experience with other coronaviruses), but transmission can occur from an infected mother being in close proximity to the baby.
Despite this, transmission to the neonate is unlikely to harm them. HOWEVER, the baby can transmit the virus to other vulnerable people (e.g. Grandparents).
Sterilise all bottle feeding equipment and pumps as per standard protocols.
PREGNANCY SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS
- Do not attend your antenatal visits if you are unwell – call before attending and they will advise you.
- If you get Covid-19 around labour this does not mean you will need a caesarean.
- Breastfeeding is still considered safe. If you are unwell, breastfeed with a mask on to prevent spread to your baby. Remember that even if your baby gets infected it is unlikely to be severe. However, your baby can spread it to others.
GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS (also applicable to pregnancy):
- Maintain strict hand hygiene, avoid touching your face, nose and mouth
- Suspend all overseas travel, avoid public transport, avoid people who are sick
- If you are sick, stay at home
- If you are unwell, do not present unannounced at your GP or hospital or doctor’s office – call beforehand and they will advise you
- Practice ‘social distancing’ – avoid public gatherings and large social events, cancel any of these events that have already been planned in the next two months. E.g. baby showers, welcome to the world parties, birthday parties etc.
- Get a new flu shot when it becomes available as this will prevent additional admissions to hospital which can overburden an already strained hospital system
- Remember that there are a significant number of people who have emergency hospital requirements that are NOT related to Covid-19 e.g. appendicitis
- Covid-19 is very serious for the community but do NOT panic. Do not panic-buy and stockpile supplies – this leaves less for people who actually need the supplies right now
- If you are well, you do not need to get tested
- If you do NOT satisfy the criteria for a high risk case, do NOT get tested (A high risk case is one with fever AND/OR acute respiratory infection (shortness of breath or cough) with/without fever, AND travel from another country in the 14 days before the onset of illness OR close or casual contact in the 14 days before illness onset with a confirmed case of COVID-19)
- Do not wear a mask if you are well