An update from Dr Erin Horsley, Medical Director OFW
Visitors to the hospital
Two visitors per patient (this includes your support person and children) is currently permitted at St John of God Mt Lawley and Murdoch Hospitals. Once community cases escalate in WA, the hospitals will be taking guidance from the WA Health Department with regards to permitting visitors on maternity wards. To be kept up to date with the latest information, please visit the St John of God Healthcare website.
As an example, currently in NSW and Victoria, one support person only is able to visit or stay during the delivery and postnatal hospital stay. Also, in line with practices interstate at stages during the pandemic, it is possible that once there are community cases all support persons during labour and on the postnatal ward must be able to show proof of having had two vaccines.
St John of God Mt Lawley and Murdoch Hospitals are waiting on guidance from the WA Health Department on this restriction, we will update you as soon as possible.
Who should be vaccinated?
We recommend that our patients and their support persons ensure they have had two, preferably three, COVID-19 vaccines during or before the pregnancy.
COVID-19 can be dangerous for pregnant women and the baby, especially if contracted during the third trimester. By having three doses of the Pfizer vaccine, pregnant women can best protect themselves and their pregnancy.
Pregnant women can have the third dose three months after their second dose.
All others can have their third dose four months after their second dose.
Household occupants should ensure they are vaccinated to reduce the chance of contracting COVID-19 and exposing the pregnant woman to the illness. Vaccinated people display less symptoms and are therefore be less likely to pass on the virus.1
Support persons should also ensure they are vaccinated to:
- reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 around the time of delivery and therefore being excluded from the hospital due to a recent positive test result
- ensure that if any restrictions are applied by the WA Health Department, that they are vaccinated and therefore unlikely to be excluded from the hospital.
If you have particular concerns, please make an additional appointment to discuss with your GP Obstetrician, GP, or midwife at One for Women.