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COVID and baby photos with me

COVID and baby photos with me

It is popular for patients to ask for a photo of me with baby, mum, and dad immediately after birth, or while in hospital postnatally or at the 6-week postnatal visit. Sadly, for the present unless I am wearing a face mask, this is not possible. Social distancing is...

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NSW COVID-19 alert now amber

NSW COVID-19 alert now amber

NSW Health on 24th July has upgraded NSW COVID-19 alert to amber (moderate transmission risk) Consequently… In hospital… All staff must wear a surgical mask if social distancing not possible (viz. within 1.5m of patients). Husbands/partners must bring and wear their...

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COVID -19 outbreak in NSW in July 2020

COVID -19 outbreak in NSW in July 2020

Sadly, there are now more COVID -19 infections in NSW. These are community spread cases and so pose a risk to the general community. It is reported the origins of the outbreak are in Melbourne. It is reported this has happened because of gross quarantine mismanagement...

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It is safe to fall pregnant

It is safe to fall pregnant

There has been a lot of fear in the community about conceiving doing the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. I am pleased to advise as a specialist obstetrician doctor that I consider it is safe to conceive and embark on that very wanted pregnancy. Each day there is...

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Keep calm and stay at home

Keep calm and stay at home

There is so much anxiety and fear in the community, including amongst my patients, about COVID-19 (coronavirus). It is impossible to turn on the radio, TV or social media without being confronted with negative COVID-19 information. My daughter refuses to watch the...

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Coronavirus statistics interpretation

Coronavirus statistics interpretation

When I went to the Birth Unit yesterday morning one of the midwives told me she had been distressed by what the on-call anaesthetist had told her was the predicted death rate from coronavirus for people of her age. I told her that I did not agree with what he said....

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Some of my thoughts about the coronavirus pandemic

Some of my thoughts about the coronavirus pandemic

Some of my thoughts about the coronavirus pandemic Every patient who attended for an antenatal visit quizzed me about coronavirus. They were all anxious, especially being pregnant. This was just a small sampling of the bigger Australian community. There is so much...

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How to minimise your risk of getting coronavirus

How to minimise your risk of getting coronavirus

How to minimise your risk of getting coronavirus Washing your hands often especially before eating, drinking and touching your face. Soap and water washing for 20 seconds and thorough drying is best. Otherwise use a hand sanitiser with at least 70% alcohol.* Cover...

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Office coronavirus precautions

Office coronavirus precautions

You can only attend your appointment if you do not have now or have not had within the last 2 weeks a cold or flu-like symptoms (such as fever, sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, shortness of breath). You can only attend for your appointment if you have not been in...

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Coronavirus and pregnancy

Coronavirus and pregnancy

Is a pregnant woman more at risk of being infected with coronavirus? In pregnancy a woman’s body has immunologic and physiologic changes which might make her more susceptible to viral respiratory infections. This logically would include coronavirus (COVID-19). But...

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