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Netcare reinstates stricter maternity hospital policies amidst second wave of COVID-19

If you’re due to give birth soon here’s everything you need to know about the new stricter maternity protocols and NICU visiting rules.

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“The high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Eastern Cape, the Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng has unfortunately increased the risk of COVID-19 across our country and has necessitated the countrywide reinstatement of policies and procedures that where put in place during the first surge earlier in 2020,” says Dr Richard Friedland, chief executive officer of Netcare.

He outlines the new policies and procedures that are now once again in place at Netcare hospitals:

Visitation arrangements and elective surgery

Netcare hospitals are restricting visiting to exceptional cases only. In addition, they are limiting all surgical admissions to cases that are deemed medically necessary and where a delay in surgery could be harmful to the patient.

The following exceptions will be allowed:

Nursery and NICU:

Only one parent at a time is allowed to visit newborns in the nursery or NICU (i.e. either the mother visits for the duration of the nursery or NICU admission, or the father visits for the duration of the nursery admission).

This is on condition that the person(s) visiting presents proof of either previous COIVD-19 infection or current negative status (PCR or antigen test result) and accepts that very strict infection prevention controls will be put in place to minimise the risks to their child or another patient.

Paediatrics

Only one parent at a time is permitted to live in with an admitted child. This parent is required to present proof of either previous COIVD-19 infection or current negative status (PCR or antigen test result) upon admission of the child, and if not available will undergo a COVID-19 antigen test at admission. Intermittent testing during the stay may be required as locally determined.

The parent is also required to accept that very strict infection prevention controls will be put in place to minimise the risks to their child or another patient.

Birth

Birthing partners will be allowed to attend the delivery and stay with the mother until she is transferred to her room or ward. No rooming in will be allowed for birthing partners. The partner is required to present proof of negative COVID-19 status (PCR or antigen test) or will have to undergo an antigen test upon arrival for the birth. Only partners with negative COVID-19 status can proceed to accompany the mother and strict infection prevention controls will be put in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to their child or another patient.

“Netcare and all of our hospitals continue to monitor the situation very closely in order to provide the appropriate care for each patient according to the severity of their condition. The level of treatment required is monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure the most effective use and deployment of resources for optimal patient care,” says Dr Friedland.

“We are maintaining an abundance of caution approach and strict COVID-19 precautionary measures remain in place at all Netcare Group facilities, with visiting to patients being restricted where deemed necessary in hotspot areas, for the safety of both patients and healthcare workers,” he adds.

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