Here, you can find answers to many questions you may have. For all information on coronavirus, we refer you to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM): https://www.rivm.nl/coronavirus/covid-19
When you visit the outpatient clinic or A&E:
In such cases, please phone the department at which you have an appointment on +31 (0)88 979 79 00. Your healthcare professional will then discuss how best we can assist.
No, do not come to hospital. Instead, phone your GP or your local Municipal Health Service (GGD). If you have any doubts, you can contact the department with which you have an appointment by phone on 088 979 79 00.
HMC is a safe place for all our patients, visitors and employees, where we take measures to protect your – and our – health. It is vital that we all abide by the COVID-19 rules and restrictions in force.
Continuing to provide care
We are continuing to provide patient care wherever possible. We do not just provide care to patients suffering, or potentially suffering, from the coronavirus. You can come to us for all types of care, including care provided by dermatologists, orthopaedists, cardiologists or paediatricians. Surgery will also continue as much as possible. It goes without saying that you can also come to us if you require urgent care, such as accident and emergency care, obstetrics, neurosurgery or oncology. You are welcome to come to HMC.
No, there's no reason to worry. Any staff with flu-like symptoms are not permitted to come to work.
Yes you can. When you come to visit:
No, there's no reason to worry. We are monitoring the situation extremely closely.
The patients admitted to HMC Westeinde with COVID-19 were immediately placed in isolation to ensure that patients and staff at HMC are protected against further spread of the virus.
The HMC staff members with COVID-19 are in self-isolation at home.
Strict protocols are in place and we have decided to implement strict prevention measures. These measures are often put into practice for patients infected with a contagious bacteria or virus, so our employees are fully aware of exactly what to do in order to avoid infecting others. These measures help us to optimally protect patients, visitors and employees against infection.
The patients are placed in isolation to ensure that patients and staff at HMC are protected against further spread of the virus.
If patients report to the hospital with respiratory complaints, they will be placed in strict isolation and tested, regardless of whether or not they are from an at-risk area. We have a sufficient supply of protective materials and can make extra beds available if required.
Our team of medical specialists in the field of infectious diseases is continually monitoring the situation. We were well-prepared for the developments concerning coronavirus and we took into account the possibility of patients reporting to HMC who are or are suspected to be infected with COVID-19. Strict protocols are in place and we have decided to implement strict prevention measures. These measures help us to optimally protect patients, visitors and employees against infection.
No, Pregnant women are no more or less likely to become infected with the virus than non-pregnant women. In the event that they are infected, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) states that the course of the illness is the same and there is no elevated risk of a miscarriage or birth defects.
Our information meetings on pregnancy and childbirth have been provisionally cancelled and we are currently working on alternatives. Have you registered for the meetings via the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org? If so, you will automatically be informed once alternatives have been arranged.
If you have not yet registered but would like to attend, send an e-mail to email@example.com
We will let you know once alternative arrangements have been made.
Deliveries in HMC to continue
Deliveries in HMC are currently continuing as normal. In order to ensure the necessary care and minimise the spread of the virus, however, the obstetrics department has taken additional measures. Have you just given birth in HMC, or are you going to give birth soon? We have listed the most important information for you below. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
Before the delivery
After the delivery
The above measures are in the interest of your own health, your baby's health and the health of our employees. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
Do you have any urgent issues? If so, don't hesitate to call us (088 9792104). Based on your issue, we will advise you on the best course of action.
After the press conference of the Prime Minister on May 6 the national organisations involved with pregnancy care (NVOG, KNOV en BEN) have looked at possible ways to ease the current protocol. Social, medical and safety issues have been reviewed. Requests to allow partners to come to check-ups have been taken into account. The risk of attracting Covid-19 is reduced by restriction on physical contact and mobility, personal hygiene and 1,5 m distancing. We continue to ask everyone involved to take their own responsibility to keep the risk of infection of patients, partners, caretakers to a minimum.
On May 8 a number of recommendations to relax the current stringent measures were published. However, restraint in implementation was emphasised especially where local circumstances and capacity is restricted. In combination with the suggestions as published in the press the HMC has come to the following policy changes:
The reason for not strictly following the national recommendations is that otherwise the HMC cannot guarantee the precautionary methods to prevent infections to work. Should partners be allowed to come to all clinic appointments and ultrasound scan investigations, the waiting areas will be so packed that 1,5 m distancing will not be possible and a potentially dangerous situation will ensue. With these measures we aim to minimise the number of visitors to the hospital in order to keep chances on infection to a minimum.
The measures are considered to be temporary and are evaluated on a weekly basis. We aim to go back to the situation we had before Covid-19 entered as soon as possible with safety as the prevailing factor in this proces.
Not only patients but also all visitors are screened for Covid-19 symptoms of infection. A distance of 1,5 m will be maintained in the waiting area and in the treatment rooms as much as possible. See also the Dutch FMS-leidraad Persoonlijke bescherming in de (poli)klinische setting vanwege SARS-CoV-19 en de NHG-standaard ‘Persoonlijke bescherming’
The HMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
More information about the virus can be found on the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). If you would rather contact the RIVM by phone, you can call them on 0800-1351.
This telephone number is open every day from 8.00 a.m. until 8.00 p.m.