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The Hospital Authority today announced that admission arrangements concerning the COVID-19 case of a pregnant woman will be reviewed.
During a press briefing this afternoon, the authority’s Chief Manager (Patient Safety & Risk Management) Dr Sara Ho explained that while the pregnant woman complained that she felt unwell and had a fever earlier, she was not running a fever when she was initially tested at the hospital.
“There was a 31-year-old pregnant lady who attended the Accident & Emergency (A&E) Department at Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH) yesterday morning at around 11am.
“She complained of generalised discomfort and she also had an episode of fever measured at home. At the time when our triage staff measured her temperature, she had no fever. So after the initial check-up, she was arranged to be admitted to the general medical ward.”
During the pregnant woman’s stay, she had also been transferred to the antenatal ward for examination and received a COVID-19 test in a surveillance ward.
“Then, her preliminary positive COVID-19 test result came back yesterday night. So, that’s why she was transferred to the isolation ward for further management.”
The authority confirmed that both the pregnant woman and the fetus are in stable condition.
After carefully reviewing the patient’s case, the centre and the Infection Control Unit identified 10 female patients, including another pregnant woman, as close contacts.
The will all have to undergo 14 days of quarantine and TMH will monitor their conditions.
The authority pointed out that all hospital staff who had contact with the patient were equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment.
As a precautionary measure, 15 staff from the Department of Medicine & Geriatrics and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, including two doctors, eight nurses and five patient care assistants, will be put under medical surveillance for 28 days.
The authority emphasised that if a pregnant woman is near full term and has reported fever for a few days, it would be more appropriate to admit her into an isolation ward for further management.
It further stated that TMH is reviewing the handling of this case which includes the admission arrangements and interdepartmental communication.
The authority added that TMH has approached the affected patients and apologised for the inconvenience.