Both hospitals have updates their COVID check policies for pregnant women and their husbands/partners.
SYDNEY ADVENTIST HOSPITAL (SAN)
There have been some changes announced to the management of pregnant women which will take effect at the San, from today.
Routine PCR testing for asymptomatic women is no longer required. The following processes will now take place:
- Women presenting to the Birthing Unit who don’t have symptoms will undergo Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) on arrival, all others who are symptomatic, will have a Rapid PCR.
- Direct admissions to the ward (i.e. have not been transferred from the Birthing Unit) will have RAT on admission, and again on day 3-5
- Women admitted for an elective caesarean will be requested to have a PCR test at least 24hrs but not more than 72hrs prior to admission
o If the results are not available, a rapid PCR will be performed on admission
- Women presenting for emergency caesareans will be managed per the Birthing Unit or Direct admission process
- All patients and partner/support persons will be required to wear a surgical mask when mobilising outside patients’ rooms.
In addition, parents / carers of babies in Special Care Nursery will need to, not only, undertake a rapid antigen test 2-3 times per week but show result to a staff member in Special Care Nursery.
NB: For symptomatic pregnant women PCR testing is always required
NORWEST PRIVATE HOSPITAL
The following arrangements will be put in place effectively immediately in relation to surveillance testing for all pregnant women booked to have a baby at Norwest Private Hospital. Similar arrangements will be put in place for your partner/support person participating in your care.
For symptomatic pregnant women and support person PCR testing always applies. PCR testing is also used for those who have been identified as a household contact.
For asymptomatic pregnant women and support person
- Birthing Unit presentations: a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or rapid PCR will be performed on arrival
- Antenatal presentations to Birth Unit: a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) will be performed on arrival
- Postnatal: Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) if admitted directly to postnatal and during your admission retest RAT or PCR on day 3-5. This protocol will apply to your nominated support person as well.
- Planned (elective) caesarean sections will have a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or Rapid PCR performed on arrival.
- Emergency caesarean sections will have a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or Rapid PCR performed on arrival.
- Participants in care (parents) for babies in the Special Care Nursery are to undertake daily RAT testing.
- Patients and their partner/support person will be required to wear a surgical mask when mobilising outside of the patient room. These will be provided by the Hospital.