UPDATE FROM 23rd January 2022

As you are aware, we now have community spread of Covid in WA. We are all at risk of becoming infected, and increased measures for protection need to be in place. Things will continue to rapidly evolve in the upcoming weeks. Below are the current guidelines but please check back here regularly.

 

PLEASE GET VACCINATED and HAVE A BOOSTER as soon as you are eligible. The Booster is now recommended for pregnant women 3 months after the 2nd dose.

 

The Cove Medical Group will continue to follow the guidelines set by the WA Health Department and St John of God Hospital, Murdoch. Please carefully read our current guidelines:

  • You will be able to attend your antenatal or gynaecological appointments but we ask that you keep these visits as brief as possible to minimize contact time.

  • We will try to streamline appointments and minimize the number of patients in the waiting room. If you are running late, please call as you may need to be rescheduled.

  • You can currently attend the appointment with your partner (or one other person) ONLY. Please try to make other arrangements for your children.

  • There may be a place for phone or video consultations under certain circumstances. Please ring and speak to the staff if this is preferred.

  • MASKS ARE MANDATORY in the Medical Centre and throughout the hospital.

  • You must check in using the SafeWA app (or manually) at the entrance to the Medical Centre or the Hospital and again at the Cove Medical Group.

  • DO NOT attend your appointment if you have been in contact with anyone with suspected Covid, have been to any exposure sites, are waiting for the result of a Covid test or have ANY symptoms to suggest possible Covid.

  • Currently hospital visitors are restricted. Please contact St John of God Murdoch Hospital for the latest information.

  • Partners ARE allowed to support women giving birth (vaginally or by caesarean) but ALL VISITORS INCLUDING PARTNERS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED.

  • All surgery is currently proceeding as normal

  • PLEASE ring if you have any questions or concerns

  • Very soon we will have protocols available from St John of God Hospital regarding management of pregnancy and birthing. These will include the use of RATs for screening prior to admission, PPE requirements and pathways of care for Covid positive pregnant women. Please check back here regularly for updates or go to the hospital website (here).

  • I am currently allowing medical students and/or midwifery students to  be present during some consultations. Given the likely impending healthcare workforce shortage, I believe it is vital to continue to provide ongoing high quality education to students who may have to step up and help out sooner than expected. These students will be fully vaccinated and will be observing only. If you prefer the student to sit out of your consultation, please inform my receptionist when you arrive for your appointment.