Antenatal Shared Care
We have a number of doctors who provide shared antenatal (pregnancy) care with selected local public hospitals.
Sally Hyden Sandringham Hospital, Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital
Cathy Leembruggen Sandringham Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital
Marie Swieca Sandringham Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital
Adele Knights Royal Women’s Hospital – Sandringham and Parkville, Monash Health – Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong and Casey, and Peninsula Health.
There will be an initial visit at approximately 6-8 weeks and then at regular intervals until your delivery. Appointments can be made at other times as necessary.
The first two visits will be long consultations and will include an Antenatal Assessment consultation with the practice nurse at 10-11 weeks.
At approximately 34 weeks you will have a pregnancy planning visit with your shared care doctor. This will be a long consultation. Preparation for your birth is discussed at this visit.
You will attend the antenatal clinic at the hospital for a number of visits during the course of your pregnancy
Your doctor will organise your hospital booking.
When you visit the midwives at the hospital please discuss bookings for antenatal classes if this is your first pregnancy. PLEASE NOTE at Sandringham Hospital, tours of the Labour Ward are only available through the antenatal classes.
Blood and urine tests, including testing for Down’s Syndrome and other genetic disorders, will be discussed during your first visit.
Other tests, including your required ultrasounds, will also be discussed.
• think you are in labour,
• have ruptured your membranes,
• have had a loss of blood,
• have noticed a significant reduction in the frequency of movements, or
• any other significant problem in your pregnancy, contact your doctor or Labour Ward.
Contacting Your Doctor
If you are experiencing any problems you feel will not wait until your next visit, contact your doctor in normal surgery hours. Please let reception know that you are experiencing a problem with your pregnancy. If your doctor is not available, ask to speak to another Shared Care doctor or the nurse on duty.
Out of hours please contact Labour ward at the hospital. Make sure you have these phone numbers available to you at all times.