The hospital will open an antenatal care clinic for low-risk patients

The Sault Area Hospital has announced plans to open a prenatal care clinic in partnership with local community health care providers.

The clinic would be accessible to patients who have not been accepted into obstetric or midwifery care and whose primary care provider is unable to provide their prenatal care.

Here is a statement from SAH about the program:

Obstetrics and Gynecology has experienced significant recruitment and retention challenges in recent years; this is a trend across Ontario, particularly in northern/rural communities.

To meet the health needs of pregnant women in our community, HSA has partnered with community health care providers to open a prenatal care clinic that will provide prenatal care to low-risk patients. Patients who have not been accepted into obstetric or midwifery care and whose primary care provider is unable to provide their prenatal care will be able to access care at this clinic. The opening of the Prenatal Care Clinic is an interim step in meeting the care needs of pregnant people in our community as work progresses to develop a future model of care for all obstetrics and gynecology patients.

The Antenatal Clinic will accept referrals immediately. Low-risk patients cared for at the Antenatal Care Clinic will receive prenatal care at the Sault Area Hospital, provided by registered midwives. An on-call obstetrician will provide labor and delivery care to patients at this clinic. Family physicians and nurse practitioners will provide postpartum and neonatal care.

Physicians, nurse practitioners and self-referrals are accepted. Referral from a primary care provider is preferred; however, patients can self-refer by completing the intake form found on the HSA website at the Antenatal Care Clinic – Referral Form (preferred method) or by leaving a message at 705- 759-3434 ext. is 2645.

The antenatal care clinic is one step in ongoing efforts to improve access to care for people requiring obstetric and gynecological care. More information will be provided as we build this new model of care for our community.

The clinic is located in the Women’s and Children’s Health Program (1A) and was inaugurated on July 19, 2022.
Additional information is available on the HSA website at the Prenatal Care Clinic.

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