What do I need to do to prepare for my ultrasound scan?
Women who are attending in the 1st trimester (≤14 weeks) should ideally have a comfortably full bladder. This helps optimise the quality of ultrasound images. We suggest you drink 2 glasses of water 2 hours before your appointment and try not to empty your bladder. Do not worry if you cannot hold on –we do not want women uncomfortable while waiting to be seen!
Who will perform my ultrasound at SHORE FOR WOMEN?
All ultrasound scans are performed by Dr Colin Walsh, a highly qualified Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist. He has personally performed more than 3,500 scans in high-risk pregnancies. The results of the ultrasound will be discussed with you immediately following the scan.
Do you offer 3D and 4D scans?
Yes, although 3D and 4D scans are generally only used to obtain nice keepsake images for the parents. Rarely, 3D/4D scans may be clinically helpful for specific fetal anomalies (such as cleft lip).
I am having my antenatal care elsewhere – can I have my scans at SHORE FOR WOMEN?
Yes. Although full antenatal care is available at SHORE FOR WOMEN, we also perform ultrasound scans for many women who are seeing another obstetrician or midwife for their primary care.
Do you offer CVS and amniocentesis?
Yes, both trans-cervical and trans-abdominal CVS and amniocentesis procedures are performed at SHORE FOR WOMEN. Dr. Colin Walsh is highly experienced in both procedures and can discuss the risks and benefits with you in detail.
How many antenatal visits should I expect during my pregnancy?
The precise schedule of antenatal visits depends on a woman’s previous obstetric history and risk factors. For an average 1st time mother, visits at 10-12, 16, 19, 24, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36 weeks and weekly thereafter are recommended.
What should I bring to my 1st visit?
For your 1st consultation with us, do not forget to bring your GP referral, your Medicare and private health fund cards, copies of any relevant scans and blood tests and any current medications you are taking.
Do you have much experience in caring for women with a twin pregnancy?
Yes, we have huge experience in antenatal management, ultrasound scanning and delivery of twin pregnancies. While working in Ireland, Dr. Colin Walsh helped to run a weekly ultrasound clinic for high-risk multiple pregnancies, managing 10-12 sets of high-risk twins/triplets every week.
Do you provide care for low-risk pregnancies?
Yes. We provide expert professional care for all pregnancies.
Which hospitals do you deliver at?
Dr. Colin Walsh delivers most of his private patients at North Shore Private Hospital. This is located only 5 minutes from our rooms and ensures he is readily available during your labour and delivery. Occasionally, for women with certain medical problems or requiring preterm delivery, it may be preferable to arrange delivery at Royal North Shore Hospital.
I have an obstetric emergency – who should I contact?
During office hours, you should contact us at SHORE FOR WOMEN. Out of hours and at weekends, you should contact the Delivery Unit at your chosen hospital to discuss your symptoms. In the event of a true emergency, telephone 000 at any time.
Does SHORE FOR WOMEN see women for gynaecological problems?
Yes. Dr. Colin Walsh completed a 3-year fellowship in Urogynaecology at St George Hospital, Sydney. As such, our gynaecological practice focuses primarily on female urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse. We also provide routine gynaecological care for menstrual disorders and contraceptive advice.
Do you perform gynaecological surgery?
Yes. Dr. Colin Walsh is an experienced pelvic surgeon and is highly proficient in gynaecological surgery, particularly vaginal/laparoscopic surgery for urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse. We have performed large numbers of vaginal hysterectomies, vaginal reconstructions, sling surgery for stress incontinence, cystoscopies and bladder BOTOX® treatment for overactive bladder. We also regularly perform laparoscopic treatment for ovarian cysts, pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancy.
Do you treat gynaecological cancers?
No. Gynaecological cancers should be treated by a certified specialist in gynaecological oncology. The team at SHORE FOR WOMEN are happy to recommend an appropriate specialist for women with gynaecological cancer or at high risk of gynaecological cancer.