Information for maternity patients
As you may have seen in recent media coverage, a member of staff in our maternity ward has tested positive for CoVID after returning from an international holiday.
As has always been the case in our hospital, the safe care of you and your baby remains our highest priority.
As the global situation evolves, we continue to update our practices to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our patients, their families and visitors.
The birth of a baby is one of the truly special moments in your life. At Joondalup Health Campus, our aim is to make this a special time for you and your baby.
We understand that many people are feeling nervous about coming into hospital at the moment due to CoVID-19, and this may be especially so for women who are pregnant.
At this time you need to feel confident you’re in good hands, so here are some answers to some of the questions you may have.
What is done after a staff member becomes infected with CoVID-19?
- After a staff member is confirmed as being a positive CoVID case, we immediately identify / ‘contact traced’ all staff and patients who have had contact with this person, as per the advice from the Department of Health
- All staff ‘contacts’ are sent home to self-isolate and patient ‘contacts’ are cared for in isolation with staff who wear full personal and protective equipment (PPE)
I was in the other day for my appointment and I’m worrying that I’ve caught Coronavirus
- The Department of Health has carefully traced and already contacted all individuals at risk
- As such, if you have not had a phone call from the Department of Health, you should not be concerned
Am I at risk coming into the hospital?
- As has always been the case in our practice, the safe care of you and your baby remains our highest priority
- We continue to follow best practice protocols to ensure your safety
What else are you doing to keep patients safe?
As the global situation evolves, we continue to update our practices to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our patients, their families and visitors. We have also
- Implemented all recommended restrictions on travel and staff isolation
- Continued to maintain strict infection prevention and control procedures
- Taken to screening all patients prior to admission
- Chosen to implement limitations to visitors. At this time, one birthing partner is permitted to attend with a woman in labour. The same birth partner can progress to the postnatal wards for a short time but will then be asked to leave and return only during 11am-12pm and 9pm-7pm. Only one visitor is also allowed throughout the Antenatal Clinic.
We will update you with new information in the coming weeks - we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
As has always been the case, the vast training and experience of our doctors and midwives is supported by well-equipped facilities.
These include our 24-hour on-site laboratory service, adult intensive care facilities and 24-hour anaesthetic, medical and surgical cover in the case of an emergency.
You’re in good hands.