Maternity - Thomson Unit
Visiting hours: Daily 11am-12pm and 6pm-8pm. Rest time is strictly between 1pm-3.30pm
Thomson Unit phone: 5173 8211. Day Assessment Unit phone: 5173 8809.
Our Thomson Unit welcomes about 900 babies a year and is staffed by a specialist team of midwives, obstetricians, mothercraft nurses, lactation consultants, division two nurses and paediatricians who work together to provide you and your baby with the highest quality of care.
Our maternity services include Antenatal Shared Care, an Outreach Program, a range of pregnancy group workshops and postnatal care which extends to a Breastfeeding Support Service and home visits.
Thomson also has a High Dependency Level 2 Nursery which is able to care for premature babies from 32 weeks.
Your care leading up to birth can be provided by:
- a general practitioner (GP) or specialist obstetrician in a clinic setting
- a midwife at LRH and a GP at a clinic based in the community (providing the GP has clinical privileges at the hospital)
- a midwife and a specialist obstetrician involved in Latrobe Regional Hospital's Antenatal Clinic 'shared care program'.
Doctors who would like to refer a patient to the service should download a maternity referral form here.
Our obstetrics services include:
- care of babies with special needs in the Level 2 nursery
- pre-admission booking and tour of the Thomson Unit
- antenatal shared care program
- antenatal breast feeding classes
- antenatal education classes
- antenatal monitoring
- antenatal admissions for conditions of pregnancy
- Special Needs Midwife Program
- care in labour
- postnatal care
- visits from a midwife following discharge
- breastfeeding support service
- training for midwives and medical staff
We offer mums-to-be an opportunity to share their care between a doctor and a midwife.
Our Antenatal Clinic enhances the care given to you by your doctor or obstetrician. You will be able to discuss the birthing experience, birth plans and breast feeding with midwives who work at the hospital. The program enables you to build a relationship with a midwife throughout your pregnancy which has proven helpful for first-time mums or women who have concerns about their pregnancy.
Your obstetrician will write a plan for your care to guide the midwives. The obstetrician will still be responsible for your care when you are in labour.
The shared care program runs alongside a day assessment service coordinated by midwives. It gives pregnant women access to a midwife five days a week by appointment or over the telephone. On average the midwives take about 200 calls a month.
The Antenatal Clinic at Latrobe Regional Hospital is in Consulting Suites 3 and 4. Phone 5173 8111. If you wish to speak with a midwife at any other time you can telephone the Thomson Unit on 5173 8211.
If you give birth in the Thomson Unit, you will receive a visit from a midwife the day after you return home as part of the hospital's Domiciliary Program.
The midwife will check on your welfare and how your baby is adapting to life at home.
Babies who spend time in the special care nursery may receive an extra visit of telephone call to check on their progress.
For other mums and babies, the initial visit by the domiciliary team will be followed by a maternal and child health nurse.
Vulnerable women in our community are cared for by Latrobe Regional Hospital's Outreach Program.
The program helps women managing a pregnancy and challenging personal circumstances such as economic hardship, family violence and drug and alcohol issues.
The program has also connected with teenagers who are pregnant and women from non-English speaking backgrounds who have settled in the region.