Covid 19 Updates

OBSTETRICAL PATIENTS

VISITOR RESTRICTIONS

Newton-Wellesley Hospital continues to have a NO VISITOR POLICY .

No visitors (including children) are permitted to accompany our patients to any of our Wellesley Women’s Care locations or any Newton-Wellesley Departments. Exceptions (as of today) below:

  • Maternal Child Health (Labor and delivery) located on 5NORTH– one (1) support person may accompany a patient in labor and the duration of their post-partum stay. A second support person may be permitted only while on 5N (L&D) until delivery. This person must leave before the patient is transferred to post-partum.
  • A Second support person, is not permitted while on 5SOUTH – our labor evaluation unit.
  • A second support person is not permitted for cesarean sections.
  • Special Care Nursery – Two (2) parents or one (1) parent and one (1) support person may accompany/visit a neonatal patient. This is the only visitor permitted during the hospital stay.

OBSTETRICAL APPOINTMENTS

Along with other MGB OB/GYN practices we have made some changes to the frequency that we will see you for an office visit and supplement some visits with a TELEMEDICINE visit. The timing of the in-person visits and TELEMED appointments will be discussed with you at your next encounter with a provider.

NEW PATIENT- LATE OB TRANSFERS

Wellesley Women’s Care does not accept late prenatal transfers unless referred by a physician.

Child Birth Education

NWH offers a virtual tour, for more information www.nwh.org/classes-and-resources/classes/childbirth-education

COVID-19 TESTING

NWH has implemented Covid-19 testing for ALL ASYMPTOMATIC obstetrical patients that will be admitted for a cesarean section, cervical ripening or induction of labor.

Your care provider in our office will place the order for the test which is to be done 48-72 hours prior to youradmission. Our office will schedule this for you. The testing is done at the one of the MGB / COVID testing sites.

Testing hours vary by location but are done on evenings and Saturdays and Sundays.

NWH Discharge When Ready Policy

Please be aware that during this unusual time, we are preparing patients to leave the hospital when ready. This means that 24 hours after your vaginal delivery you may be ready to leave, patients delivered via CS may leave as early as post op day 2. Of course, each patients’ individual needs’ will be addressed.

www.nwh.org/patient-guides-and-forms/maternity-guide/maternity-chapter-4/early-maternity-discharge-information

BUSINESS HOURS - HOSPITAL ENTRANCE RESTRICTIONS

7:00 AM- 6:00PM Newton-Wellesley Hospital has locked all external entrances to the medical office buildings. You may enter through the parking garage, West or East Entrances. You will be directed to a screening point where you will be screened by hospital staff for COVID-19 symptoms before being admitted to the hospital buildings.

AFTER HOURS – HOSPITAL ENTRANCE RESTRICTIONS

After 6PM and before 7AM You must enter the hospital through the emergency department entrance.

You will be screened and provided a mask and will be directly escorted to labor and delivery.