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Obstetric Excellence website has a new look

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, General
Obstetric Excellence Logo

I am so often getting positive feedback about my Obstetric Excellence website. Patients frequently tell me how informative it is, how easy to navigate it is, how interesting the articles are to read. Thank you. A key aim in providing such a comprehensive pregnancy information source has been to provide a better alternative to Dr Google […]

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Is my baby the right size?

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Obstetrics
Estimated Foetal Weight Table

I am frequently asked: “Is my baby the right size?”, “When does my baby put on the most weight?” and “How big is my baby likely to be at birth?” At each antenatal visit, I do ultrasound scanning of the unborn baby. There is no patient expense for this service. As well we give the […]

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Pregnancy caused blood clotting disorder puts pregnant woman’s life at risk

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Obstetrics
Blood Clotting Disorder - Successful Delivery

A patient developed a pregnancy induced low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) that increased her risk of severe bleeding with childbirth

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Make sure you have the right health fund cover for your pregnancy

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - General
Health Fund Logos

A couple met with me for a ‘meet and greet’ appointment. They had a huge problem. He joined a health fund for them with consideration of their planning a pregnancy. But he only took out cover for a couples policy that did not cover for pregnancy. So they now find themselves in the very upsetting situation where if they go private for pregnancy care they will have to fund it themselves as there is no health fund cover. A very costly mistake.

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End of year – A time to review and plan

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - General
End Of Year

The end of December is the time of the year when people reflect on the year that has happened and plan for the year about to start. During this holiday season I have been doing just that.

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Social media is a great asset to my obstetric practice

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Obstetrics
Social Media Logos

Patients often compliment me on how well I have l embraced social media in my obstetric practice. I feel very comfortable with using social media. I recognise that social media is popularly used by most of my patients and so for me to embrace it as their doctor is as relevant for them as it is for me. In the medical world, there are considerable anxieties and concerns about using social media. But doctors cannot deny social media is here to stay and will only become more relevant and more popular in the future. So to be frightened of it or to ignore it I consider folly.

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The lifestyle of an obstetrician

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Obstetrics
Dr Sykes with a Patient

Patients often ask me what it is like to be an obstetrician I answer: “It is a fantastic career. I love being an obstetrician. It is wonderful to be able to support a patient on her pregnancy-and-delivery journey and to celebrate with her and her husband/partner the birth of their new baby.” So often, a […]

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What is an obstetrician?

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Obstetrics
Dr Gary Sykes With Patient After Delivery

It is not unusual to be asked: “What is an obstetrician?” An obstetrician is a specialist medical doctor who looks after (manages) women who are pregnant. An obstetrician also manages a woman and her unborn baby in labour and delivers her baby and looks after her in the postnatal (immediate after delivery) period. Obstetric care is usually considered to end at the six week postnatal visit.

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Comparing Health Funds

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - General
Cartoon Character Worried

A patient attended today for her first antenatal visit of her second pregnancy. She wasn’t planning a second pregnancy just yet. So, to save money, she had dropped pregnancy care cover with her health fund. She said she was going to take it up again in the future when she was planning her second pregnancy. […]

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Professional behaviour amongst professionals

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - General
Friendly Male and Female Doctors

For a number of weeks I have been ‘covering’ an obstetrician colleague. Initially it was because he was on holidays and more recently it is because he has been unwell. This ‘cover’ has included confining his patients who go into labour, seeing his patients for consultations, any urgent operations on his patients, liaising with his […]

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