​John Hunter Hospital upgrade – Maternity Assessment Day Unit

Hunter New England Local Health District has redeveloped an existing space in John Hunter Hospital for a Maternity Assessment Day Unit (MADU), as part of the wider NICU redevelopment project.

The new MADU is now located in a more appropriate area adjacent to the Birth Suite. It has two single-assessment rooms, a procedure room, a four-bed assessment room, and utility rooms to support and service the unit.

Pregnant women present to the unit for pregnancy related concerns such as the baby’s movements, early labour assessment, high blood pressure, and also to assess and prepare for their induction of labour.

The unit has been designed with significant consultation and involvement from patients and consumers. This has helped create a calm area to ensure women and their families feel safe and supported in their pregnancy assessment and ongoing plan of care. The environment provided in the new MADU is an important component for reducing stress in pregnancy and labour.   

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Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, toured the new MADU on 6 April 2018 to officially open the new space.

The redevelopment is now complete and operational.