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Coronavirus Update August 2020

In every single Star Wars movie there is a bit where someone – often Han Solo – says “I have a bad feeling about this.” Well, I have a bad feeling about this. While we remain so much better off than others it appears that

Hospital and Health Fund Hi-jinks!

Given that Australia is successfully flattening the Coronavirus curve and I don’t really have anything new to report on that front, I thought it time to digress on to…your Health Fund and your Private Hospital. Some of you may already be aware that negotiations between

Chastised! The Latest Coronavirus Update

One of my patients – very gently – chastised me today for not providing a recent Coronavirus update. She knows who she is. Anyway, here goes. I have some good news, some bad news and some retractions. The Good News We have been drilling. Man,

Coronavirus Update

Things are moving very quickly, not just at national and state levels but on the Randwick Hospitals Campus. Both Prince of Wales Private Hospital (POWP) and The Royal Hospital for Women (RHW) are gearing up for this crisis rapidly. As I said in my previous

Coronavirus Update No 3

Things are moving fast. As you know I am a member of a number of professional bodies and my favourite (I really am an anglophile) is the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in London (The RCOG). Just overnight The RCOG have published their latest

Coronavirus Update

Clearly (especially as Peter Dutton is infected and Scott Morrison didn’t go to the Footy after all) the Coronavirus situation is deteriorating. While health authorities are providing good information, I do not believe they are acting quickly enough to reduce the risks of Coronavirus in

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and pregnancy

CMV – a member of the Herpes Virus family – can cause infection in unborn babies. It affects 0.5 to 2 per cent of all pregnancies. Now that we give women information about avoiding listeria and toxoplasma and most pregnant women are immune to rubella

ZANTAC / RANITIDINE

This drug is a category A antacid that we commonly use in pregnancy While it definitely does not harm unborn babies all currently available preparations of Zantac have been withdrawn from sale worldwide because of the possibility that some of them might contain an additive

My Obstetric Fees

Unfortunately I have had to increase the fees for my obstetric services. You can find my new fee schedule in the Services section of my website. Believe it or not this is a decision I do not take lightly. I am only too well aware

Introduction to Pregnancy

This is a funny (peculiar, not Ha Ha) piece of work. Basically it is a collection of a number of information sheets I have written over the past four or five years. This is the reason that the arrangement is by topic rather than chronology

Patient Satisfaction Survey

If I looked after your pregnancy and the birth of your baby (or babies) since January 2017 I’d be very grateful if you could fill in my Patient Satisfaction Survey. It only takes 5 minutes. The link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X2YBW9N Thanks so much for your time and

Weekend Cover Changes

Dr Natalie Shaw and I have pretty much covered each other’s weekends, study leave and holidays on a one in two roster (12 days on and two days off) now for ten years. This is an unusually onerous out of hours roster (many obstetricians work

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