Jump to content

Moving Back to Melbourne
Booking into public Hospital

  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 sapphiree

Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:08 AM


I am a resident of Australia, but have been working overseas for a while now.
I am months into pregnancy and my EDD is 12th July, I have been receiving antenatal care in Singapore so far, but have bought tickets to go back to Melbourne mid-March and plans to give birth and stay in Melbourne since.

I was wondering if I can book into the Royal Women’s hospital for the continuity of my pregnancy, birth, and after birth care when I am back in Melbourne. Through what platform can I make the booking or can I just call in the hospital to make an appointment for booking after I go back to Melbourne during mid-March. Will there be enough time then? I just heard from relatives that I should have booked months before once I knew I was pregnant. I probably can’t find a place to give birth now, unless I go private which is very costly since I don’t have insurance and even they might not be able to find a place for me. I am really worried because private is absolutely not something I can afford.  Are there other options I should consider?

This is my first pregnancy hence I am unfamiliar with the system. I don’t have a private insurance but I am covered under medicare.

I couldn’t find a better suited platform to voice my deep concerns than here.  If I am in the wrong channel, please do refer me to the right channel I should use to ask for advice.

Thank you very much.

Much worried mother to be,

#2 Praetor VitaeChel

Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:39 AM

From my experience with RWH you had to be living pretty close to get in there on public. I was lucky to get in as I was right on the border of the area and they said if it hadn't been for the fact that I had been referred to the gyno there and she discovered I was pregnant I would have been sent to Sunshine Hospital.
You should be able to get into a public hospital, it might just not be the RWH. There are still plenty of good public hospitals in Melbourne. Perhaps contact the hospital in advance and discuss it with them.

#3 sapphiree

Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:13 AM

QUOTE (vitaechel @ 22/02/2013, 02:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
From my experience with RWH you had to be living pretty close to get in there on public. I was lucky to get in as I was right on the border of the area and they said if it hadn't been for the fact that I had been referred to the gyno there and she discovered I was pregnant I would have been sent to Sunshine Hospital.
You should be able to get into a public hospital, it might just not be the RWH. There are still plenty of good public hospitals in Melbourne. Perhaps contact the hospital in advance and discuss it with them.

Hi, thank you for the fast reply. I am worried sick. I live about 5km of RWH, does that help? I am not worried to be sent to another public hospital as long as it isn't too far in case of sudden water break etc. Sunshine is about 27km away.  I am more worried about the fact that my cousin told me somewhere along the line of

"if you didn't book about 8 weeks into your pregnancy, there is a high chance you can't get into any public hospital at all because it would all be full. and you have no options other than going private even without insurance. Even so, they may be all fully booked"

When you get booked into RWH, how long are you into the pregnancy? Did you have to wait for a long time to confirm a place in the hospital? Do you know of anyone who booked into a nearby public hospital more than halfway into pregnancy and could/couldn't get a place? Apologies if I ask too much...
Any information would be very helpful. >.< Thank you.

I have send an email via RWH website but they will take 5 working days to reply... I would like to find out more and discuss with my husband for other options if things look bleak.

Again. Many thanks.

Edited by sapphiree, 22 February 2013 - 03:14 AM.

#4 Fright bat

Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:21 AM

Just call them!

You can certainly book in later. There was a thread about a year ago by a woman living in the outer suburbs who was moving to the inner city around 30 weeks. She had her antenatal care close to home then RWH picked her up at 30 weeks.

Just call and ask. You are way more likely to be accepted in public than private anyway. Public have to take you! You will get in to your closest hospital.

#5 smithsholidayroad

Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:48 AM

Hi there,

I attended the RWH with my youngest two.
I live 40kms away. My GP wrote a supporting letter as did I to access this hospital.

My first visit was around 17-weeks pregnant with scans done outside the hospital ( common practise now) and results brought in at 21 week appt.

I would call them too and please done let your cousin stress you out!


#6 Lishyfips

Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:16 AM

My sister returned to Melbourne late in her pregnancy (end of second trimester). She hadn't booked into a hospital. She had no trouble getting into the Mercy. Don't panic, the public system here will look after you. They won't push you into going private, especially if you've not got obstetric insurance. Good luck!

#7 sapphiree

Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:36 PM

Thank you all so much for the assuring replies =~) . I am at least sure that I won't be forced to go into private, and public hospital will have to take me in. That puts me a lot at ease.  I was so stressed out I couldn't sleep a wink last night. Learning to take it easy now.


#8 Blueberrymummy

Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:53 PM

I moved to Melbourne from overseas around 13 weeks and didn't know until at least 25 weeks that I have to actually book into a hospital, silly of me I know. I went to my doctor and got a referral, my closest hospital is Mercy but they sent a letter back saying they are full. Then he sent the letter to Northern Hosp and they booked me in, but I am a little worried about delivering there as I have read a few bad experiences. My aunty advised me that I need to be in a hospital that provides specialized treatment because I have a chronic illness so I went back to my doc and he sent yet another referral to the women's hospital (because apparently they will let you in if you need specialized treatment even if your not in the local area.) The women's responded a week later saying that the doctor did not indicated that I need specialized treatment even though he wrote I have RA, he did not go into any detail at all. So I'm planning on just going to my appointment at the Northern Hospital and telling them I am worried about delivering and if they think I will be fine in their hospital then I'll relax.

I'm more then sure you will get into a public hospital even if you book late. Maybe you can contact a doctor in Melb and get them to fax a referral to the women's from now?

#9 YeahbutNah

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:49 PM

I moved to Melbourne at 20 weeks.  I was too late to get into the Mercy.  I found that no Melbourne Hospital would take me until I had a referral from a Melbourne doctor.  I ended up at the Northern as I was in Diamond Creek area, but then I moved at 30 weeks into the catchment area for the RWH.  When I then contacted the RWH they said that if you have proof of address within their catchment area, they must take you.

#10 SWMonkey

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:07 PM

As per previous posts, your best bet would be to get referred by a GP.  You can also do shared care so see a GP who is registered with RWH for some of your visits and the hospital for others. I was referred to RWH when I was about 5 weeks pregnant but didn't actually get my first appointment until about 21 weeks.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


The device that allows you to bottle feed and use your phone at the same time

"It dawned on me that I could do some catch-up work while he fed, but I needed something to help me hold a bottle and my smartphone."

Mum posts photo of c-section scar to prove she gave birth

A new mum angered by people suggesting women who deliver their babies via caesarean section have not "given birth" has challenged that misconception by sharing a photograph of her scar.

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis welcome daughter

Actress Olivia Wilde and her fiance Jason Sudeikis are parents again.

Nurse cuts off part of newborn's finger

A newborn baby is without the tip of one finger after a nurse accidentally cut it off with scissors.

See the new Thomas & Friends clothing range for girls

It's a long overdue move for kids and parents alike.

Finally, someone's come up with a way to stop doona thieves

If you've ever shared a bed with a dyed-in-the-wool doona stealer you'll know how frustrating it can be.

Family rituals to make mealtimes easier: mums share their tips

Special rituals, as well as favourite cutlery and plates, can make dinner times less challenging and a lot more fun!

Toddler pours entire bag of dog biscuits down the toilet

Most mums of toddlers have a funny horror story about the time they turned their back for 30 seconds only to find mayhem on their return.

Surgeons successfully separate 13-month-old twins conjoined at head

Surgeons at a New York City hospital have separated a pair of 13-month-old boys who were congenitally joined at the head, completing a rare operation that carried a risk of death and severe brain damage, their mother said.

'Do I call the parents or an exorcist?'

Babies can sometimes get themselves into unusual positions while sleeping, but this youngster has the makings of an acrobat.

The complicated grief of losing your babies

In the park near our house my partner and I have a bench. We paid to have it put there last year after our twin boys Fred and John died.

How the way you’re born and fed can affect your immune system

Vaginal or caesarean, bottle- or breastfed: it all influences our gut microbes and future health.

Depression made me a crummy friend - but I'm working on it

Getting well and falling in love with my son has brought a feeling words simply can't describe. But I didn't expect it to be a little heartbreaking, too.

Mountain Buggy Bagrider makes travel so much easier with baby

Haven't we all needed more hands when travelling with babies and toddlers?

'I look like a troll!': mum shares postpartum hair regrowth woes

Rather than hiding her postpartum hair regrowth, author Giovana Fletcher has photographed and shared it.

A police officer saved a baby's life, forever changing his own

With his bald head, light goatee and bulging arms covered in dark tattoos, Officer Kenneth Knox is an imposing figure.

The tandem breastfeeding photo that got a mum's Facebook account shut down

A mother of six from the US claims that Facebook disabled her account because she posted a photograph of herself tandem breastfeeding a stranger's baby along with her own.


Top 5 Articles


What's hot on EB

Win a Hawaii beachfront resort holiday for two!

Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 4 trips for two to Hawaii, staying at Outrigger resorts in Waikiki.


Vintage Toys

The toys of your childhood

Take a trip down memory lane with these vinage and retro toys that you may have had in your childhood or your parent's childhood.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.