Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19
The obstetrics department at Döbling Private Hospital is fully operational despite COVID-19, i.e. natural deliveries and Cesarean sections continue to take place every day.
We have taken extensive measures to protect our patients and staff.
In accordance with the valid regulations, our staff are subject to regular coronavirus testing.
Entrance to the hospital is only possible via designated checkpoints, without exception – even for prenatal care and childbirth – and only if you are not assessed as a possible case of coronavirus.
Pregnant women may be accompanied by one person (maximum) for outpatient examinations.
The companion is required to show evidence of a negative PCR test, vaccination, or recent recovery from the virus (under the “2.5 G rule”) at the checkpoint.
Expectant mothers who are scheduled for a planned delivery (Cesarean section) have to have a PCR test carried out before they come into the hospital – regardless of their status (vaccinated and/or recovered).
If the PCR test has been carried out outside the hospital, the officially valid test certificate must be brought to your admission. The time of sampling must not be more than 72 hours ago before the planned admission time.
If the test is negative, you can be admitted as planned for your inpatient stay. If the test is positive, i.e. there is evidence of the virus, we ask you to contact us to discuss what should happen next.
Recovered persons are not required to carry out a PCR test for one month after the beginning of infection (= first positive PCR test). Please bring evidence of your recent COVID infection or recovery to your admission.
If you go into labor spontaneously and you have symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or fever, and there is any suspicion you may have COVID-19, please contact us by telephone before coming to the hospital.
If it is too late for the woman to be transferred (e.g. heavy vaginal bleeding in the 36th week of week of pregnancy or later, or regular contractions close to the delivery date, with birth imminent) then admission and childbirth will proceed under strict compliance with all the relevant established safety measures. In particular, a swab will be taken immediately for rapid SARS-CoV-2 testing. (Results should be available within a few hours.) In such cases, a pediatrician will always be in attendance for the birth, and will discuss with the mother what happens next.
Fathers may be present for childbirth.
We are happy to provide a family room for you afterwards so that you can spend the first few days together as a family, provided that you show evidence of a negative PCR test. (In a spontaneous delivery, the PCR test is carried out upon arrival at the hospital.)
If you leave the hospital premises, you will then be subject to following visitor regulation for the obstetrics department:
New mothers and newborns are allowed three visitors per day. However, in a two-bed room 1 visitor per patient is allowed at the same time. With several visitors you can use the designated visitor areas, the cafeteria or the garden.
Visitors are required to show a negative PCR test result or evidence of recovery from the virus (for a period of two months after passed infection) at the checkpoint. Please check our information regarding PCR tests.
If you have tested positive for coronavirus, you are not permitted to enter our hospital until the current COVID contact restrictions (“Verkehrsbeschränkung”) no longer apply to you.
Visiting with children and siblings:
Children have to wear an FFP2 mask at all times. If this is not possible, visiting is not permitted at the moment. Thank you for your understanding.
Information evenings and some courses will be held as webinars (in German). Information on childbirth is also available by phone.