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The Women’s values its relationship with General Practitioners and other health professionals who partner with us to provide high quality healthcare.
While we have put in place a number of changes during the current COVID-19 restrictions, the Women’s encourages GPs and other health professionals to continue to refer eligible patients to the Women’s for maternity, women’s health and gynaecology, and other healthcare.
Changes to our services under current COVID-19 restrictions
The Women’s has transitioned some services and clinics to telehealth (phone and video appointments).
Services currently offering telehealth, when clinically appropriate, include some maternity, women’s health and gynaecology, and allied health appointments; pre-admission appointments and home domiciliary services.
The Women’s continues to see patients in person when clinically indicated. Patients are requested to attend their in-person appointments alone.
For general information on referrals, please see the Referrals page
Women’s Health and Gynaecology referrals
The Women’s is continuing to receive and triage patient referrals for both Parkville and Sandringham during the current COVID-19 restrictions and we encourage GPs and other health professionals to refer patients to us as per usual.
We are prioritising appointments so that patients who require urgent review are seen as soon as possible. Patients who meet the non-urgent criteria are being placed on a waitlist at this time.
Changes have also been made to our acceptance criteria for colposcopy following cervical screening – read details here.
For more information, see the Women's Health and Gynaecology Referrals page
Women’s Health elective surgery
While the Women’s is continuing to provide surgical services for all Category 1 patients and, where possible Category 2 patients, non-urgent elective surgery is temporarily reduced at the Women’s as per the current Australian Government directive for all public and private hospitals in Australia.
We are contacting all patients on our waiting list to discuss the plan for their surgery, and we are asking them to let their GP or other health professional know if they experience changes to their condition.
If there is a clinical deterioration, all referring health professionals are asked to fax a referral to the usual fast fax referral Fax: 8345 3036, indicating the woman is awaiting surgery and explaining how her clinical condition has deteriorated, with relevant investigations if appropriate. A clinician will review her situation and notify you and the woman of the outcome.
The Women’s is continuing to receive and triage maternity referrals during the current COVID-19 restrictions and we encourage GPs and other health professionals to refer eligible patients to us as per usual.
For low-risk women, we recommend they participate in the Shared Maternity Care program during which some check-ups and appointment can be conducted by the Shared Maternity Care provider over the phone or videoconference call. The Women’s will continue to support our Shared Maternity Care GPs, obstetricians and midwives throughout the provision of care.
Maternity – antenatal, labour and postnatal care
At our Parkville site, the Women’s is offering outpatient telehealth appointments, when clinically appropriate. If a woman is identified as suitable for a phone or video appointment, she is contacted by the hospital directly and provided with details.
Maternity inpatients at Parkville and Sandringham can have one support person with them during labour, with this support person able to transfer with them to the postnatal ward.
The Women’s is continuing to provide postnatal care in the home. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, part of the consultation is being conducted over the phone so that the time our midwife spends in a patient’s home is minimised.
For more information, see the Your Hospital Visit or Stay page
Other general precautions at the Women’s
Every person seeking entry to our hospitals in Parkville and Sandringham will be screened. This includes a temperature check, and they are provided a face mask which must be worn during their time at the hospital. Social distancing measures are also in place.
For more information, see the Screening measures page
As more is known, the Women’s is updating its information on pregnancy and breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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