Maternity Inpatients may have two visitors including one support person in the birthing unit (women above 37 weeks gestation will need a swab every 3 days until the birth of the baby, even if vaccinated. Support person will need a swab every 3 days if not vaccinated).
Outpatients Department- women must attend alone (women who are not vaccinated or have only had one vaccine are required to have a COVID swab 3 days prior to the appointment).
Parents only to visit Newborn Care Centre
Children only allowed if over 12 years of age
Macquarie Gynaecology/Gynaecology Oncology Ward may have two visitors
Further visitors for compassionate reasons at the manager’s discretion
Please note: All visitors must be fully vaccinated with a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine (evidence of vaccine to be shown on entry) and must wear a surgical mask correctly during the visit.
In line with advice from the Clinical Excellence Commission, women who are COVID-19 positive are not able to have a support person in labour, unless they have an exemption granted by the Ministry of Health and approval from RHW.
Women who are hospitalised with COVID 19 in pregnancy and treated with Tocilizumab are advised to delay live newborn vaccinations until the baby is 6 months of age.
Obstetric and Neonatal Clinical Placements have been temporarily postponed due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
Booking in visit
Please advise women to book online via the RHW website at ~ 6 weeks gestation. The booking in visit will generally be attended between 14-16 weeks gestation.
If your patient needs a more urgent Obstetrician/and or Medical Physician review, please fax the referral to 9382 6118.
Please note these Important changes with the booking process during COVID-19:
Booking visits are via telehealth video appointment.
The GP is NOT required to complete the yellow card as this will be completed by the booking in midwife. The card will be mailed directly to the woman after the booking is completed.
The GP needs to complete the entire RHW antenatal referral form. Please fax, together with antenatal pathology, ultrasound results and any other relevant results to RHW Outpatients Department prior to the booking visit. Fax: 9382 6118.
If your patient has NOT been contacted within 2 weeks of lodging their online booking submission, please ask them to follow up on 9382 6206.
Empowering Mothers toward Better health Outcomes During the childbearing Years (EMBODY) is a NSW Public Health Service first maternal health and wellbeing virtual program lead by the team of physiotherapists at the Royal Hospital for Women.
The RHW physiotherapy team have tailored both prevention and treatment solutions for a more comfortable pregnancy, a more active birth and a speedier recovery after birth. The team provide 4 antenatal and 4 postnatal virtual health sessions tailored to women’s needs at different stages of their pregnancy and postnatal recovery.
For more information about the program please read the brochure or click here to book into classes.
Preterm birth prevention clinic
RHW has commenced a weekly preterm birth prevention clinic under the care of Dr Daniel Challis and Dr Laura Gerhardy (MFM Fellow). Please see the attached information on the clinic.
This column provides recognition of the excellent work performed by RHW ANSC GPs.
This month RHW would like to recognise Dr Hannah McKellar from GP Bondi, who has been managing many ANSC women and should be commended for her ongoing thorough, personable and caring approach encompassing excellent clinical and communication skills.
Ask the Royal
The information contained in this column is written by Obstetricians, Medical Specialists and other Allied Health Clinicians and is drawn from regular questions asked by GPs via the ANSC advice line.
Please address the referral to Prof. S Lowe/Dr S M Lau/Dr A Beech/Dr T Young and attach the pathology results. You can also fax the referral and results to 9382 6118.
Perinatal Loss Service at RHW
The Perinatal Loss Service at the Royal Hospital for Women is a service that supports families experiencing pregnancy loss from 18 weeks gestation. This loss may be a miscarriage, stillbirth, a termination of pregnancy for abnormality or a neonatal death.
The Perinatal Loss team comprises a specialist obstetrician, a bereavement midwife and a named social worker, who coordinate care with genetic counsellors, neonatologists, perinatal mental health, chaplains as required.
The Perinatal Loss Service offers individualised care to these women and families through practical, emotional support and will offer ongoing contact in the early loss period and then follow up in Perinatal Loss Clinic to review results of autopsy, or other investigations and plan subsequent pregnancy management.
The “Living with Loss” program is an online support program offered to parents following a perinatal loss. This evidence based program has been co-designed by parents and the Stillbirth CRE (Centre of Research Excellence) and aims to assist parents in navigating their grief and find coping strategies to help bereaved parents manage the future without their baby.
Referrals to medical physicians at the Medical Disorders in Pregnancy Clinic must be addressed to Professor Sandra Lowe/Dr Amanda Beech. The patient will be contacted directly to arrange an appointment only after the referral has been received. Please fax referrals to 9382 6118. The clinic is open on Thursday afternoons.
Accessing Local Operating Procedures
You can access useful clinical policies, procedures and guidelines at RHW here.
Newly reviewed local operating procedures for Antenatal Care include:
Important Reminder: Please refer to the above policy prior to screening for thyroid disease in pregnancy. Use pregnancy trimester specific ranges for each pathology laboratory. If laboratory does not have trimester specific ranges, then use the following (as per RANZCOG policy statement) If pathology results fall out of the normal range for pregnancy, please refer to the policy above or make contact with the ANSC Liaison midwife for further advice.
Reminder: 20 week GP visit
Click here for a reminder of essential information for the 20 week’s visit.
The IRONWOMAN study at RHW
The IRONWOMAN study has started at the Royal Hospital for Women. This is a study for the treatment for iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy. The study is being undertaken at the Royal Hospital for Women and St George Hospital. Please read the attached document for further information about the study.
If you have any patients who may be eligible and or interested, please contact the research midwife on 0429 557 084 or 0407 498 197 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm ). Please contact the investigators if you have any questions about the study on Antonia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please ensure that you are familiar with the RHW Genetic Counselling policy. A flowchart at the end of the Genetic Counselling Policy is helpful with navigating the correct referral pathway.
Important reminder: Women referred for a NIPT (from 10 weeks gestation) must also be referred for a Structural NT Ultrasound at 12-14 weeks gestation.
Any woman who receives an increased risk aneuploidy screening result (cFTS or NIPT) or has a structural anomaly detected on ultrasound can be referred to the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department at RHW. They will be offered genetic counselling, a repeat ultrasound, a consultation with a maternal fetal medicine specialist and prenatal diagnostic testing (such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling), if appropriate. All these consultations will be covered by Medicare.
For GPs to arrange or discuss a referral please call the ‘Fetus Phone’ on 0437 537 448 (Mon-Fri 9am- 4pm). For patient enquiries the number is ph. 9382 6098
Ferinject infusion at RHW – changes to booking procedure
There has been a recent sharp rise in requests from GPs for Royal Hospital for Women (RHW) to give Ferinject infusion for pregnant mums who have a low ferritin but normal Hb.
RHW protocol recommends that for these women a trial of oral iron is first line therapy. If oral iron has failed or is contraindicated then IV iron infusion may be considered. See the iron deficiency management policy for further information.
How to book an iron infusion at RHW for a pregnant patient over 20 weeks gestation:
Check the levels meet strict criteria of Hb 105 or less and Ferritin <30.
GP to make the booking by phoning PDSU on 9382 6417 with patient name and MRN hospital number on the yellow card.
Fax the FBC and ferritin result to PDSU fax 9382 6404
Give the patient a prescription for the Ferinject and remind her to bring the medication to her PDSU appointment.
Give the patient the IV iron infusion information sheet (found in Appendix 2 in the policy.)
Complete the iron infusion checklist with the patient (found in Appendix 3 in the policy) Fax the completed checklist to PDSU
If a patient does not meet criteria but the GP believes that iron infusion is warranted then the GP can phone RHW and ask to speak to Dr Fay or Dr Lee to discuss the case; or arrange the infusion elsewhere.
As of June 28 patients will no longer be allowed to book directly with RHW. This decision was made due to multiple incidents of verbal abuse of the midwife taking the booking calls.
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