Antenatal clinic general information
The first Booking-in antenatal visit
All women (including those who are doing ‘Shared Care’) will have their first visit with a midwife at Scott Memorial Scone Hospital’s Antenatal clinic. This is a comprehensive visit where we will discuss your previous medical history, family medical history, and your general well-being. This is to determine ways we can provide you with appropriate care and support throughout your pregnancy and to ensure your pregnancy care meets your needs. If you require a higher level of pregnancy care the midwife will discuss transferring your care to an appropriate Maternity Unit for the remainder of your pregnancy. The midwife will also inform your GPO of the transfer of care requirement.
You can expect your first appointment to take about up to 1.5 hours. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time, as you will need to attend the Admission Office in the main hospital to complete your paperwork before you see the midwife. Your next appointment will be booked before you leave your first visit. Clinics are held on Thursday’s. As there are only a small number of midwives, you will more than likely meet most of the midwives during your pregnancy, prior to coming in to birth.
Specialty obstetric care
In Hunter New England, we have a range of specialist services for women with broader issues that may affect their well-being during the pregnancy, including women with physical or intellectual disability, or concerns with substance use. There are also specialist clinics for women with conditions such as diabetes or other medical conditions that may impact on the pregnancy or the baby’s well-being.
These services have staff with expertise in social support, mental wellbeing, counselling, diet, physiotherapy, peer support and a variety of medical specialties.
If you need support from specialist services, it will be arranged by your GPO in conjunction with the midwife, who will organise a referral to either The Maitland Hospital, Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital or The John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and will be determined on a case by case assessment.
Ultrasound and pathology results
Routine antenatal care involves blood and urine tests, and ultrasounds examinations. These test results are made available to you at your next antenatal visit appointment with your GPO. All abnormal results that require follow up will be communicated to you by your GPO.
Students at Scott Memorial Scone Hospital
Scott Memorial Scone Hospital is a teaching hospital, providing important training opportunities for a wide range of health care professionals. Students are always under the direct supervision of an experienced practitioner. You will be asked permission before a student observes or participates in your care and you have the right to say no. Your wishes will be respected at all times and this will not affect your care.
Our future midwives, the midwifery students are available to share your pregnancy journey with you, and can provide a familiar face throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatal experience. Speak to your midwife if you would like to be part of this special program.
Overseas Visitors or those who don’t have a Medicare card
Scott Memorial Scone Hospital is a public health care facility. All patients must have a Medicare card. Women not eligible for Medicare benefits will be asked to pay a fee at each visit; this may be reimbursed later by their own Health Insurance Fund.