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Prime Minister of Tasmania – Official opening of the new North West Antenatal Clinic

September 19, 2022

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister of Health

The brand new antenatal clinic at the North West Regional Hospital (NWRH) has welcomed its first patients, with the opportunity to provide support for mothers and their babies to access high quality healthcare services in the North West.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has invested $5.8 million to provide the purpose-built antenatal clinic as part of the North West Integrated Maternity Service.

The new clinic has been carefully designed to bring together a range of antenatal services from across NWRH in one location so that a woman’s outpatient journey to motherhood takes place in one place.

The new facility brings together a range of dedicated prenatal services and includes six consultation rooms, a patient reception and waiting area, staff offices, laundry facilities as well as improved staff and patient amenities. .

It also includes four Cardiotocography (or CTG) arrays dedicated for obstetricians and midwives to monitor and record an unborn baby’s heart rate, as well as monitor the mother’s uterine contractions.

The facility has been built to contemporary standards, offers direct access to the main, and includes a dedicated drop-off area and additional parking.

Importantly, the facility supports continuity of care by providing a new home for the midwifery group practice service. This service allows women to access care from the same midwife before and after the birth of their baby, which promotes positive patient outcomes.

The new antenatal clinic will operate with approximately 35 staff and will perform more than 150 routine consultations weekly, as well as pregnancy assessments as needed.

The new antenatal clinic is part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s $100 million commitment to NWRH capital upgrades, including the first stage of a new mental health ward and service upgrades to deliver capacity additional beds.

The completion of this project is another example of our government’s strong record of providing healthcare infrastructure to meet the state’s future needs, backed by the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s significant commitment to invest 1 $.5 billion over the next 10 years to renovate existing healthcare facilities and build new ones, and upgrade digital healthcare infrastructure.

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