Your hospital visit or stay
During the coronavirus pandemic, we have a number of safety measures in place to protect women, babies and families in our care. Whether you’re coming to the Women’s for a clinic appointment, day surgery or any other reason, you may notice things are a little bit different.
We realise some changes may be disappointing for our patients and their families, but we ask for your understanding and patience as we work to ensure your health and safety during this challenging time.
On this page, you can find the latest information if you are:
- Coming to the Women's for a clinic appointment
- Coming to the Women's to have your baby
- Visiting your baby in NICU or Special Care Nursery
- Coming to the Women's for day surgery
- Staying at the Women's as an inpatient
- Accessing care at the Women's by telehealth
- Wanting to know more about food and flower deliveries
Whether you have an appointment with us in Parkville or Sandringham, you will be screened before entry to the hospital, have your temperature checked and provided with a single-use surgical face mask to wear. In Parkville, you will also need to fill out an online form. This can be done on your phone, or an iPad at the screening desk. Please allow extra time for this on arrival. Find out more about screening.
You must attend your appointment alone. If you have a newborn, you can bring them with you. Your partner or support person can drop you off and be on speaker phone or video call during your appointment where possible. They cannot wait in the hospital.
Unless they are a patient, children under 18 are not allowed to enter our hospital. Find out more about our visitor policy.
If you are coming to give birth in Parkville or Sandringham, you and your birth partner will be screened on entry. Find out more about screening. If your birth partner does not pass screening unfortunately, they will not be allowed to enter our hospital. We encourage you to plan ahead for an alternative birth partner if this occurs.
You can have 1 birth partner with you throughout labour and birth. As there is no waiting area for birth partners, they will be asked to stay in the birthing room, with reasonable exceptions.
When you move to the postnatal ward with your baby, your birth partner can stay with you for the remainder of that day. Please be aware, due to space limitations in some areas/rooms, your birth partner may be asked by ward staff to step out of your room or in the case of a shared patient room, may be asked to leave. This is to ensure physical distancing can be maintained and to keep other women and babies in our hospital as well as our staff, safe.
When your birth partner comes for a subsequent visit, they can stay for up to 2 hours per day on the ward. Again, there may be times when your birth partner may be asked by ward staff to step out of your room or in some cases, they may be asked to leave.
Other than your birth partner, no other visitors are allowed during labour and birth or on the postnatal ward.
When you are discharged from hospital, you will still receive support through our postnatal care in the home program. Some of these appointments may be done in person or over the phone.
Read more on our Advice for pregnant women page.
Only parents or guardians of babies are allowed to visit our Newborn Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nurseries. Parents can attend together or individually and there is no time limit.
If you are a parent or guardian, you will be screened on entry to the hospital, have your temperature checked and provided with a single-use surgical face mask to wear. Find out more about screening.
Due to space limitations in some rooms, you may be asked to wait in another area while clinicians attend to your baby.
No other visitors are permitted at this time. In exceptional circumstances, we encourage parents or guardians to discuss their individual needs with our staff.
All patients booked for an elective surgery under general anaesthetic must have a coronavirus test before their surgery. We will provide you with details about what you need to do. After testing, you should self-isolate according to current DHHS advice.
On the day of your surgery, you will be screened at the hospital, have your temperature checked and be provided with a single-use surgical face mask to wear. Please allow extra time for screening on arrival. Find out more about screening.
We will phone your designated support person when you are ready to be collected after your surgery. Your support person cannot wait in the hospital during your surgery. They will be able to enter the hospital to help escort you to a car after your surgery.
If you are staying with us on our antental ward or complex care ward, you can have 1 designated support person with you for up to 2 hours per day.
Your support person will be screened on entry and must be over 18. Find out more about screening.
No other visitors are permitted at this time. In exceptional circumstances, we encourage patients to discuss their individual needs with our staff.
Some of our patients have been identified as suitable for phone or video appointments. If you are one of these women you will be contacted directly and provided with details. Find out more about our telehealth service.
Flower and food delivery personnel are not permitted, but your designated support person can bring flowers, food and other items in.