Singleton 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 Singleton 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 GPOB of the transfer of care requirement.
You can expect your first appointment to take about up to 2 hours. Please arrive at the clinic at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time, this will allow time to complete your paperwork before you see the midwife. Your partner or support person is always welcome at your visits, but due to the length and personal nature of your first visit, we ask that you attend this appointment alone where possible. Your next appointment will be booked before you leave your first visit.
Booking-in to hospital (admission procedures)
This involves providing details of Medicare card, any health insurance, next of kin, etc and will occur at the time of the booking visit. As pregnant women know they will be inpatients at some time in the near future, it is suggested that these are completed well ahead of the baby’s due birth date.
At Singleton we make every effort to keep appointment times, however on some occasions appointments may take longer than expected leading to delays. We ask for your patience during these times and will endeavour to keep you well informed.
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. All abnormal results that require follow up will be communicated to you by your care provider. We ask that, where possible, that you do not phone for test results.
Students at Singleton Hospital
Singleton Hospital is a teaching hospital, providing important training opportunities for Student Midwives, Student Nurses and Medical Students. Occasionally a Student Nurse or Medical Student will request to be involved in your birth experience. You will be asked permission before these students 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.
Overseas Visitors or those who don’t have a Medicare card
The Singleton 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.