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"A friend's poor antenatal care"

About: Joondalup Health Campus / Maternity

(as a friend),

A friend of mine attended Joondalup Health Campus (public) in Perth WA for an antenatal appointment.

She was not seen until 28 weeks pregnant (I believe she should have had 2 or 3 appointments already and have done a diabetes test by then) and I believe was not told to see her GP until then.

As I understand it, the midwife doing her booking appointment was also doing the screening for family domestic violence and said as a question that they assume my friend's husband is a good boy and doesn't hit my friend. Shocking care in my opinion.

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Response from Brendon Burns, Deputy Director of Clinical Services, Executive, Joondalup Health Campus nearly 2 years ago
Brendon Burns
Deputy Director of Clinical Services, Executive,
Joondalup Health Campus

Senior Nurse Manager

Submitted on 9/06/2021 at 10:59 AM
Published on Care Opinion at 11:38 AM

Dear pegasusmw36,

Thank you for providing feedback regarding your friend’s antenatal experience.

Without knowing who your friend is, it is difficult to provide specific feedback. However, generally the earlier a woman books her pregnancy with her GP, the earlier the GP referral to Joondalup Health Campus (JHC) Antenatal Clinic (ANC) can occur. Glucose tolerance tests (GTTs) are advised between 24-28 weeks gestation. If the first ANC appointment at JHC is not until 28 weeks gestation we would anticipate that the GP would have already arranged this.

Regarding the comment made by the midwife, there are set questions regarding Family Domestic Violence given to all women. We are saddened that the midwife made a comment that was insensitive and I offer my apologies for that. We will be providing information to ANC staff regarding this feedback to remind staff of the need to be mindful of the sensitivity surrounding these issues.

We would recommend that if your friend has any concerns about her ANC care to-date, she discuss this with her GP or midwife at her next appointment.

Yours sincerely

Brendon Burns

Deputy Director of Clinical Services – Speciality Services

Joondalup Health Campus

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