Coronavirus: Our protective measures

Obstetrics

The obstetrics department 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.

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.

For expectant mothers who are scheduled for a planned delivery (Cesarean section), regardless of their status (tested, vaccinated, or recovered), a PCR test will be carried out before their inpatient stay at the hospital. 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 you go into labor spontaneously, the PCR test is carried out upon arrival at the hospital. If 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 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.

The father or another accompanying adult may be present for childbirth.

Fathers or other accompanying adults who wish to be present for a delivery and leave the hospital afterwards must provide evidence of a negative test, vaccination, or recent recovery from the virus (under the “3-G rule”). After leaving the hospital they are considered as visitors.

Fathers or other accompanying adults who wish to check-in with their partner after the birth are required a negative PCR test and will be permitted to stay in one of our Superior rooms together as a family, either for the first few days, or for the full time until the mother and baby are discharged.
For these fathers or other accompanying adults – with a valid negative PCR test result –, entrance to the newborn ward is possible. But if they leave the hospital premises, they will then be subject to the standard regulations for all visitors.

If the father or another companion does not stay in the hospital, one visitor per day is permitted for each new mother and newborn, 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 negative test, vaccination, or recent recovery from the virus (under the “3-G rule”) at the checkpoint.
TIP for postnatal mothers

Information evenings and presentations on childbirth as well as prenatal courses and rehabilitation exercise classes will be held as webinars (in German). Some services are suspended until further notice.

Further details on the measures against the coronavirus

With Austria’s largest private maternity department, Goldenes Kreuz Private Hospital is the perfect setting for mother and baby – before, during and after the birth, offering skilled support and nurturing care, state-of-the-art equipment, and above all, an outstanding level of medical safety.

Our experienced specialists in gynecology and obstetrics are available 24 hours a day, together with anesthetists and intensive care specialists: this is an unparalleled quality standard for a private maternity unit. Additional advantages are the close proximity and established collaboration with the university departments of obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics, at Vienna General Hospital.

The number of babies delivered here has been growing continuously for many years now, and confirms the trust our attending doctors and parents-to-be have in our determination to consistently maintain the highest possible standards of medical and care quality. The best evidence of this is the 1,500 babies who come into the world in our hospital every year!

Prof. Fritz Nagele, MD, Medical Director & Head of Gynecology and Obstetrics

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