Coronavirus: Our protective measures

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 at the checkpoint.

Expectant mothers who are scheduled for a planned delivery (Cesarean section) will be contacted in advance by phone, as a PCR test for coronavirus (using a nasal/throat swab) will be required before you come into the hospital – regardless of your status (tested, vaccinated, 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 48 hours ago before the planned admission time.

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:

One visitor per day is permitted for each new mother and baby, staying for a maximum of 60 minutes, and only in either a private room or the designated visitor areas.
Visitors are required to show evidence of a vaccination, or recent recovery from the virus (under the “2-G rule”) AND a negative PCR test result at the checkpoint.

Information evenings and some courses will be held as webinars (in German). Information on childbirth is also available by phone.

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