Paediatricians are doctors who specialise in the care of children.
Burnside Hospital has a team of experienced Paediatricians who work within our Maternity and Obstetrics Unit. While Paediatricians do not attend vaginal births unless requested, Paediatricians routinely attend elective caesarean section births, and in some cases delivery of multiple births, premature babies, breech deliveries, emergency caesarean sections or for previously identified problems.
Paediatric care is available at Burnside Hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including public holidays),and Paediatricians are on call. All obstetricians refer to a visiting Paediatrician who will examine your baby usually within the first 24 hours of life to check their overall health. This also provides an opportunity for you to discuss baby management, any family history of relevance or other concerns you might have.
The Paediatrician may visit you and your baby on a regular basis during your hospital stay and they will also organise to see your baby several weeks later, to check that all the normal developmental milestones are being achieved and that your baby is developing a good routine.
You will receive an account for this medical care, which may include gap payments.
Unless there are some specific concerns, a baby does not generally need to be admitted to the Special Care Nursery and therefore medical care will be as an outpatient.
The attending Paediatricians aim to provide a supportive and informative service which complements the Maternity Unit quality of care provided and overall experience at Burnside Hospital.