Choosing a hospital

If you have chosen an obstetrician to provide your care, you should talk to them about which hospitals they recommend for your delivery. Specialists have access to specific hospitals, known as visiting rights, so you should chose your hospital in consultation with your specialist.

If you have not chosen an obstetrician, you may like to first decide on a hospital, then choose an obstetrician who has visiting rights to that hospital.

A good first step is to establish which hospitals are closest to where you live. You can then determine which hospitals provide maternity care and the extent of services they provide.

As a private patient you can choose a private or a public hospital. You can choose to be a private patient, using private obstetric care in a public hospital.

To help you decide which hospital is right for you, it may be worthwhile visiting the hospitals to view the rooms and facilities. Many hospitals provide patient tours and information packs on the services they provide. Do not hesitate to ask questions to clarify the differences between hospitals.

Once you have decided on a hospital, you can ask for a list of private obstetricians with visiting rights. Form this list you can contact obstetricians and find the right specialist for you and your baby.

This information is provided as general information only. It is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always see your doctor regarding your personal health matters. © National Association of Specialist Obstetricians & Gynaecologists 2010

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