Obstetrics (Maternity) & Neonatal

COVID-19 Maternity Service Guidelines

The health, safety and well-being of our Burnside mothers, babies, their families, our doctors, staff and volunteers remains our number one priority during these challenging and changing times.

The Burnside Hospital reserves the right to alter these guidelines in its unfettered discretion. As such, changes may be made with minimal notice to ensure that we remain aligned with community conditions and the health advice available at the time.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Please select options below for all relevant information.

Page updated: Friday 23 September, 2022

Maternity Screening Guidelines

Our preference remains that all patients within the hospital are vaccinated, however we will continue to provide a service to all patients regardless of their vaccination status.

All booked maternity patients and their partner / support person will be required to undertake the following tests on admission:

  • Individual COVID screening processes at the front screening station located at reception will continue and be in response to changing circumstances (e.g. wellness status and temperature check)
  • Patients or persons who are symptomatic must notify their admitting doctor and obtain a PCR test before they are admitted in to the Hospital
  • If your admitting doctor requires you to undertake a RAT before your admission, this will be communicated to you through their consulting rooms.

Please note: If a maternity patient or partner / support person develops symptoms of COVID-19 prior to admission they must have a PCR test, isolate and await result. Please advise your Obstetrician as soon as possible if you receive a positive COVID-19 PCR or RAT result.

Booked Elective Maternity Patients (Caesarean) Guideline

Effective immediately, please be advised that all booked elective maternity patients coming in to the hospital will no longer be required to supply evidence of a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).

If you develop symptoms during your admission, a RAT will be supplied by the Hospital and facilitated by the nursing staff caring for you.

All elective maternity patients and their partner / support person will be required to undertake the following tests on admission:

  • Individual COVID screening processes at the front screening station located at reception will continue and be in response to changing circumstances (e.g. wellness status and temperature check). ,
  • Patients or persons who are symptomatic must notify their admitting doctor and obtain a PCR test before they are admitted in to the Hospital.
  • If your admitting doctor requires you to undertake a RAT before your admission, this will be communicated to you through their consulting rooms.

Please note: If a maternity patient or partner / support person develops symptoms of COVID-19 prior to admission they must have a PCR test, isolate and await result. Please advise your Obstetrician as soon as possible if you receive a positive COVID-19 PCR or RAT result.

Maternity Service Partner / Support Person Guidelines

While vaccination is not mandatory, our preference is that all partners / support persons are vaccinated with evidence of having two (2) doses of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccination.

All maternity patients partner / support person will be required to undertake the following tests on admission:

  • Individual COVID screening processes at the front screening station located at reception will continue and be in response to changing circumstances (e.g. wellness status and temperature check). ,
  • Patients or persons who are symptomatic must notify their admitting doctor and obtain a PCR test before they are admitted in to the Hospital.
  • If a partner / support person develops symptoms of COVID-19 prior to the patients admission, they must have a PCR test, isolate and await result. Please advise the patients Obstetrician as soon as possible if you receive a positive COVID-19 PCR or RAT result.

Maternity Service Visitor Restrictions

In addition to their partner / support person, all maternity and general wards patients are permitted to have two (2) visitor per patient, per day, for a maximum of two (2) hours only.

Children from the same household as the patient may visit (general wards and maternity) between the hours of 2pm and 5pm daily.

  • Whilst vaccination is no longer mandatory, we strongly encourage that visitors are vaccinated to ensure the ongoing safety of our patients, staff and community.
  • Visitors will need to participate in the COVID screening processes at the front screening station located at reception, where they will undertake a wellness and temperature check.
  • No children are permitted to visit the Special Care Nursery.

Maternity Service Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Can I have visitors during my admission?

Please refer to our current visitor restrictions in the general information section above.

Can my child / children visit me at the hospital?

Children from the same household as the patient may visit (general wards and maternity) between the hours of 2pm and 5pm daily.

Visits will need to be within the patients room only and use of the hospital waiting rooms / patient lounges is prohibited.

Where possible, we request that older children wear masks throughout the hospital.

We thank you in advance for your consideration, understanding and support.

Do I need to call ahead before coming to the Maternity Unit?

If you think you may be in labour, please phone the maternity service on (08) 8202 7218 at any time to get guidance from one of our experienced midwives. They will be able to advise you on what the next steps are and when you should perhaps come in to the hospital.

This phone call is also important as it helps us to prepare for your arrival.

Who will be wearing a face mask?

All patients (general wards and maternity) will be required to wear a provided surgical mask when outside of their room. You will not be required to wear a face masks during your labour, or in your room.

All visitors will be required to wear a provided surgical mask at all times.

In addition, healthcare workers must wear a provided respirator mask and eye protection when on site. This is mandatory for all staff, including doctors, nurses, midwives, food service attendants, cleaning staff, allied health staff, corporate staff and any contractors on site.

What happens if I get COVID before my admission at the Hospital?

If you or your partner / support person develop symptoms of COVID-19 prior to admission they must have a PCR test, isolate and await result.

Please advise your Obstetrician as soon as possible if you receive a positive COVID-19 PCR or RAT result.

For a list of all testing locations, please click here.

What happens if there is a case of COVID-19 within the hospital during my stay?

If any patient exhibits COVID-19 symptoms during their stay, or becomes a suspected positive case, our hospital is very well prepared to manage them and their required care. This may include additional support, or a transfer to another hospital to receive the require care / medical intervention.

The Hospital has a COVID plan in place and under the guidance of a highly experienced Infection Control Team, we have planned for this situation

How long will the Hospital have these restrictions for?

We are unable to determine how long these guidelines will be in place for.

Is the Hospital still running its antenatal classes?

The safety of our patients and staff is our highest priority. Given the current situation with COVID-19, our face-to-face antenatal classes have been reinstated, however in a much smaller class format.

A midwife will be in touch with you soon to confirm your attendance at one of the upcoming sessions.

Please contact the hospital on 08 8202 7222 if you have any questions / concerns.

Can I have my partner AND another support person or doula with me during childbirth?

Unfortunately, only one person is permitted into the labour ward / operating theatre during childbirth. This can either be your partner / support person or doula.

Can I still visit my baby in the Nursery?

Yes, you can visit your baby in the Nursery, however additional precautions may be put in place.

No children are permitted to enter the nursery.

Does the Hospital offer any exceptions?

Exceptions to any / all of the above mentioned information may be considered dependent on circumstances, by contacting the Clinical Manager, Maternity on (08) 8202 7219.

Please note, applications are not guaranteed.

Who do I contact if I have any other questions?

If you have any additional questions or require any assistance, please phone the maternity service on (08) 8202 7218.

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