A lot is being asked of our employees at the moment. We have a social obligation to not become infected and to make sure we don’t put others at risk. Therefore, we have decided to take the following precautions:
No family or friends visiting while the maternity nurse is present!
To reduce risk, there will be no family or friends visiting while the maternity nurse is present. We understand this is a drastic measure but at the moment we have no other choice. We need to take good care of each other. We trust you will understand.
Personnel at work
Good to know: VDA Maternity Care will still deliver the same quality of care as before. We are – and always have been – very aware of maintaining a good standard of hygiene. We are in close contact with the RIVM and GGD and follow the RIVM advice given to the Dutch government on prevention and control of infectious diseases. We immediately inform our clients and employees when guidelines change or when special measures (on a national or regional level) are being taken.
If a VDA employee has been in a high risk area, or in touch with someone (suspected of) coronavirus infection or displaying symptoms herself, then she will temporarily not be scheduled to provide care. This means that in some regions policies for peak times may have to be implemented due to insufficient staffing levels. Should this be necessary, available maternity nurses will be evenly distributed among all maternity families. We will ask whether you have been in contact with anyone with a fever, respiratory symptoms and/or have tested positive for coronavirus.
In order to meet the government/RIVM requirements to work from home wherever possible, we have decided to turn home visits into phone appointments. If you already have an appointment, or will soon be seven months pregnant, then you will soon be called by VDA to make an appointment for a telephone interview.
Tips to prevent contamination – also for your maternity visits
- Wash your hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth with your flexed elbow or a tissue.
- Use paper tissues when you sneeze.
- Keep a distance when other people are coughing or sneezing.
- Do not shake hands and do not kiss. Unusual situations will occur because everyone will want to congratulate you on having your baby! Our maternity nurse will not shake hands to say hello or goodbye.
On 14 March, midwives decided to continue implement a number of precautions to minimize the spread of the virus. You will find these in the “Letter to our clients about Coronavirus”.
For more information please refer to the RIVM website: www.rivm.nl/coronavirus/covid-19. You can also call the special telephone number 0800 – 1351. Are you worried or do you worry whether you have symptoms? Please contact your doctor or GP.
Need help? Mental support for internationals is also available on the website healthcare for internationals – Healthcare for internationals
April 3, 2020: A newsletter from Healthcare for internationals: https://h4i.nl/2020/04/02/newsletter-covid-19/
- The why and how of the Dutch approach to the pandemic
- How to get medical support, even if you have not registered with a GP
- Managing family life, with everyone at home
- How to keep mentally fit and whom to call if you can’t cope
- How to keep close with friends and family in times of ‘social distancing’
- The Healthiest Way to Sweat Out a Pandemic: keeping fit in isolation
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Keep safe and healthy !