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 Tamworth 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 is different to the antenatal ‘Booking-in’ visit. All hospital inpatients must complete admission procedures, including details of Medicare card, any health insurance, next of kin, etc. 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. A Request For Admission form can be completed at the Admissions desk, located on Ground floor of the main acute services building at Tamworth Hospital. This process usually takes 15 minutes and is available 8.30am- 4.00pm Monday – Friday.
Specialty obstetric care
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 the midwife completing your booking visit or by the team providing your pregnancy care. Referral may be required to another specialist services outside of this local area, such as John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and will be determined on a case by case assessment.
At times, our Antenatal Clinic can be very busy. While we make every effort to keep appointment times, the clinic does sometimes run late. 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 Tamworth Hospital
Tamworth 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.
You may be invited to participate in research projects taking place at the Tamworth Hospital. These projects are designed to increase our knowledge about pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period, so that we may improve our services for your care and for women in the future. Participation in research is completely voluntary. The standard of care you receive will not be affected in any way if you choose not to take part.
Overseas Visitors or those who don’t have a Medicare card
The Tamworth 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.
Patient Services provides the option to develop an agreed payment plan to assist with these costs.