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My recent health

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On Tuesday 8th January I was admitted to ICU with a very severe and unusual type of pneumonia. Through God’s grace, the excellent care of the doctors and nurses looking after me and the right medications I am on the road to a full recovery. My recovery so far has been much quicker than expected, especially […]

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Christmas and New Year holiday season office open days

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Because of the Christmas and New Year holiday season our office will only be open on Friday 28th December and Monday 31st December. Normal opening days will resume on Wednesday 2nd January. I (Dr Gary Sykes) am working during the entire Christmas and New Year holiday season. I can be contacted directly by current patients […]

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Was it cervical incompetence?

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy and childbirth stories
Cervical Incompetence in Pregnancy

Trish saw me with her husband for the management of her second pregnancy. Sadly, her first pregnancy ended at 20 weeks gestation (pregnancy). She said she had spontaneous rupture of membranes and light contractions before delivering a stillborn little girl. I had not managed that pregnancy. The hospital she attended told her the presentation was […]

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History of Caesarean section delivery

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Caesarean Section in 17th Century

There are references to Caesarean section operations in ancient Hindu, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Chinese and European stories, photos and ancient historical records. While it is commonly believed the name ‘Caesarean’ is from the surgical birth of Julius Caesar, this is considered unlikely as his mother lived to hear of her son’s invasion of Britain. Roman […]

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Preeclampsia presenting as liver pain and tenderness

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Preeclampsia - Newborn Baby

Carolyn had an uncomplicated first pregnancy until she was 35 weeks 6 days gestation (pregnancy). She phoned the Birth Unit as she had pain in her right upper abdomen.  She was asked to come in to be assessed. I attended to see her. She was slightly tender in the right upper abdomen and her blood […]

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A successful VBAC after two previous Caesarean section deliveries

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Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) - Newborn Baby

I met Francine, her husband Bonaventure and their first three children at her first antenatal visit with me when she was 33 weeks pregnant. Francine and her family had just arrived in Australia from the Congo in Africa. Bonaventure was here for his PhD studies at the University of NSW. Francine only spoke and understood […]

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I have an unpredictable life

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Mission: Impossible Fallout Poster

Last week was very busy. So, my wife Robyn and I decided to relax and see a movie on Sunday afternoon. We decided to see ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’. In case a patient went into labour, I didn’t book the tickets until 10.00am on Sunday. I had to do an online booking to secure appropriate […]

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New ultrasound machine

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GE Voluson P8 Ultrasound Machine

On Friday I took ownership of a new GE Voluson P8 ultrasound machine. Besides all the features of my previous GE ultrasound machine there is greater clarity in photos and now I can export to your USB 3D video clips of your baby moving and sound video clips of your baby’s heart beating. Patients will […]

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Please avoid getting pregnant in the next month

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Holiday Overseas

I will be away on holidays between Saturday 4th May 2019 and Saturday 1st June 2019.  That means I will not be available to deliver your baby between those dates. You will not be able to book with me for pregnancy care if your EDC is in this time period. Working back that means I […]

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A sudden turn of events

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Medical conditions in pregnancy
Location of Veins in Leg

A patient booked with me for management of her 4th pregnancy management. The pregnancy progressed well until 38 weeks and 3 days gestation. That evening she became aware of painful vein swelling in her left thigh. Her GP arranged a doppler ultrasound scan the next morning. The ultrasound scan found there was extensive thrombus (blood […]

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