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Maternity services transitioning from St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee to St Vincent’s Private Hospital Fitzroy

St Vincent’s Health Australia has announced the transition of maternity care from December 18th 2020. St Vincent’s Private Hospitals Melbourne are consolidating all maternity and obstetrics services to St Vincent’s Private Hospital Fitzroy. Werribee maternity care will move to Fitzroy in the coming weeks.

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee has a proud history of providing high quality maternity services to the women who have chosen to birth with us. Since the Werribee campus opened in 2018, there has been a lower than anticipated community demand for private maternity services at St Vincent’s Private Werribee which has been the primary driver for this decision.

St Vincent’s acknowledges that this decision may be disappointing to our maternity families. Our team remains committed to working with patients to discuss alternative options and, where appropriate, ensure a seamless transition from Werribee to Fitzroy.

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Fitzroy is a state of the art, tertiary level private hospital with a wealth of highly trained and renowned specialists and maternity staff to provide the best in care for mothers and their babies. Fitzroy has a proud history of providing excellence in maternity services to the Victorian community for over 80 years.

To discuss your options please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Maternity transition team on 0428 721 854. Alternatively, you can contact us via email on Maternity.Transition@svha.org.au.

Frequently asked questions

Q. When will the services at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee be moving to Fitzroy?

A. The transition of the service will be taking place over the next couple of weeks with the last date for birth of your baby occurring on the 14th of December 2020. No births will occur after this date. All postnatal patients will be discharged / transferred by the 18th of December 2020 from Werribee.

We understand that the transition from Werribee to Fitzroy will be different for each patient and we will continue to support individual patients to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible. A dedicated maternity transition team has been set up to assist with all enquiries and provide support.

Q. How will this affect me?

A. This will depend on your Obstetrician and your expected time of delivery, but rest assured no matter what your circumstances, St Vincent’s will support you through this transition. We recommend that if you have not been contacted by our Maternity transition team already, that you call our dedicated hotline on 0428 721 854. Alternatively, you can contact us via email on Maternity.Transition@svha.org.au

Q. What are my birthing options?

A. We understand that there are many factors that will influence your decision regarding your Maternity and Obstetric care. We recommend that this decision be made in consultation with your Obstetrician. Our Maternity transition team will also provide you with information on available options. 

Q.I have already paid to birth at St Vincent’s Private Werribee, what happens now?

A. We are committed to working with our maternity patients individually to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible. We have a number of options that we will discuss with you one on one. If you choose to transition across to St Vincent’s Private Hospital Fitzroy, no further hospital payments will be required. If you choose to birth at another hospital, and have made any payments to St Vincent’s Private, we will refund you in full.

Q. What happens if I go into premature labour or have any concerns during the transition period?

A. If you have opted to transition your care and have your baby  at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Fitzroy, please call the Fitzroy birth suite midwives on 03 9411 7634 and they will advise what you need to do. 

If you have chosen to birth at another hospital, please call their birth suite, your obstetrician or 000 for medical assistance. 

Q. What if my pregnancy is high-risk?

A. St Vincent’s Private Hospital Fitzroy specialises in caring for high risk pregnancies, they have onsite blood bank, 24-hour theatre access and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) if you require additional medical support. In addition they have a special care nursery that cares for babies with complex care needs and babies born prematurely (from 32 weeks).

Q. If I have an urgent situation, who should I call?

A. It is important to contact your obstetrician and the birth suite as soon as possible.  At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Fitzroy please contact (03) 94117634 and you will be able to speak with a midwife from the birth suite who will assist you.

 

Download a copy of the St Vincent's Private Hospital Werribee Maternity Services changes here.