What to Know When Presenting to the Hospital During COVID-19

A Message from Golden Gate Obstetrics & Gynecology, Inc.

As a practice, we want to keep you informed of how CPMC Van Ness Campus is making changes to its protocols to keep you and your baby safe during your delivery and postpartum care. These new protocols are an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are changing as we gain more understanding of the virus.

All patients are now entering CPMC near the Emergency Department entrance. Each patient is allowed to bring their partner with them and stay during the delivery and postpartum period. Upon entering the hospital, both you and your partner will be screened for possible COVID-19 symptoms and have your temperature taken. You will both then be provided with a mask. Each time the patient’s temperature is checked, so will their partner’s, however the partner’s temperature will not need to be recorded anywhere. If there is a significant change in the partner’s temperature, this will be reported to the hospital’s COVID surveillance team. This protocol is performed on every individual entering the hospital to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including physicians and all other hospital staff. If your partner has a fever, or other symptoms of COVID-19, they will not be allowed entrance.

Once you and your partner are admitted, you should be prepared to stay inside the hospital until discharged. Gaining readmittance for partners into the hospital may be difficult or impossible, so please pack accordingly for a minimum of two nights’ stay, four if you are planning a Cesarean Section. Please do not forget to bring your car seat, and we also encourage you to bring a breastfeeding pillow, if you have one. Snacks and drinks are permitted, and we encourage you to include those items when packing your bags. The hospital will be providing meals for patients and their partners. Ordering food via delivery is not an option due to these security measures.

On the postpartum floor, postpartum patients will be allowed to ambulate in the hallways. All support persons will need to remain in their assigned room,  and may not walk through the hallways.

Given these unprecedented times we at Golden Gate Ob/Gyn want to assure you all that we will continue to provide high quality care for you and your growing family. We remain committed to not only the health and safety of our patients and their newborns, but also to the firm belief that the birth experience should be as positive and memorable as possible.

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