Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent announcement of a Code Brown alert for health services, health workforces and services in Victoria are experiencing significant pressures that are compromising essential health services across Melbourne.
Staff in our Maternal and Child Health Service, along with those at Councils right across Melbourne, have been asked to work together to support hospital maternity services to deliver essential care for new mothers/caregivers and newborns in both hospital and community-based settings.
This means, we will need to divert some MCH nurses in the short-term to support essential maternity service delivery. Our staff will be unable to provide some of our usual service and will need to reschedule some appointments between Friday 28 January until Friday 11 March 2022.
During this time, some MCH services will be temporarily on hold, as we prioritise essential services to the most vulnerable children and families. We will be in touch to reschedule appointments as required.
The City of Whittlesea will continue to run the following services as normal to all children and families:
Parents or caregivers with significant concerns about missed or delayed MCH appointments should contact their regular MCH service to access support.
Support is also available through: