A new clinic at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women is making sure pregnant women with COVID-19 symptoms, or those who are self-isolating, get the prenatal care they require.
The clinic, open since March 30, saw five patients last week. But the executive director of women’s health in the Edmonton Zone says the clinic can rapidly expand to serve 500 women weekly if the need arises.
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“Maternity doesn’t stop just because there is a pandemic,” said Tracee Pratt.
The clinic opened in response to concerns by family practitioners who weren’t able to see women needing pre-natal care, either because they had COVID-19 symptoms (such as sore throat, fever, cough and runny nose) or were self-isolating after returning to Canada, or had been exposed to COVID-19. Women must be referred to the clinic and be 24 weeks or greater gestation.
Women who test positive for COVID-19 can be seen at the clinic, which will also treat “vulnerable people who don’t have practitioners who could see them,” as well as those in the homeless population, said Pratt.