Coronavirus COVID-19 Notice

I would like to advise our patients that we are taking the concerns about Covid-19 seriously. In particular, our mothers and babies are our number one priority. We are also determined to keep our staff’s health a priority.

To that end I have put in place some precautions for your protection.

  1. We would ask where possible you attend your appointment unaccompanied
  2. We offer Teleappointments to those where it is appropriate to do so. Please indicate to staff if you think this would be appropriate to your circumstance. A referral from your GP is still required.
  3. We strongly advise against attending if you are experiencing any flu like symptoms
  4. All precautions to maintain social distancing have been put in place in our consulting rooms
  5. All elective surgery where reasonable to do so, has been postponed
  6. Obstetric patients are still in need of regular review. An adapted plan will be discussed and individualised to your particular circumstance
  7. Contingency plans are in place to look after you if you are unfortunate enough to contract Covid-19.
  8. Strict sanitisation processes are being adhered to

We would like to thank you again for your support through this challenging time. Feel free to discuss any concerns you may have with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring to my appointment?

  • Your referral from your GP
  • Any blood test or ultrasound results
  • Your Medicare care and Health Fund or DVA card

How do I book into Sydney Adventist Hospital to have my baby?

SAH Maternity Bookings can be made using an online Admission Form or by phoning Maternity Bookings/Admissions Enquiries on 02 9487 9903.

Our office administration and midwife team, can help you with any questions you may have.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

You will receive a reminder text approximately 24-48 hours prior to your first appointment. Please reply to confirm your booking.

If you need to change your appointment, please call the office so that the appointment time can be offered to another patient.

Does childbirth hurt?

Um, yes.

What Childbirth and Parenting Classes are available?

Prenatal and Postatal Classes are available through Sydney Adventist Hospital

Pregnancy and Postnatal Classes, and Parenting Classes are available through Let’s Talk Psychology

How do I book into Sydney Adventist Hospital to have surgery?

Our office administration and midwife team, can help you with any questions you may have either before or at the time of your appointment.

Details are also available on the Sydney Adventist Hospital website

Who will be my anaesthetist?

Sydney Adventist Hospital has experienced and fully qualified anaesthetists. They may ask for extra tests to be done before an anaesthetic is administered.

In the case of an epidural, a roster of anaesthetists is available to provide this 24 hours a day.

The anaesthetist will charge a separate fee for their service.

What is a surgical assistant?

Most operations require a surgical assistant, including Caesarean Sections. This is a fully qualified doctor and will charge a separate fee for their assistance at your procedure or operation.

What if I have concerns after my operation?

Please call the office on 02 9473 8747 during office hours with any concerns.

In an emergency, please contact the Emergency Department at Sydney Adventist Hospital on 02 9487 9444 or attend your local emergency department.

What are your fees?

For details and fee structure please call our office administration team on 02 9473 8747.

Dr Booker also takes part in the SAN Swaddle program.

This is a fabulous pregnancy package, which provides a completely bulk-billed (i.e, zero out-of-pocket cost) private obstetric service, if you hold your private health insurance (including pregnancy-cover) with HCF.

This includes all antenatal appointments, the birth, the anaesthetist (if you have an epidural or caesarean section), the paediatrician review, all blood tests and all ultrasound scans.

Visit https://www.sah.org.au/san-swaddle, or call Dr Booker's office for more information.

What is the payment policy?

Payment for your consultation is made at the time of your appointment.


Laser Therapy

Andrew provides Laser Therapy for Atrophic Vaginitis, a condition usually associated with Menopause. Women who have received treatment for Breast Cancer can also suffer from this condition. Andrew is conducting research with an Oncology colleague using this treatment option. It is an alternative to estrogen therapy for those wishing to avoid estrogen.

The Laser Therapy course of treatment most commonly involves 3 treatments, each lasting 10 minutes. The treatment sessions are given one month apart. Most patients tolerate it well and start to see benefit about a month after the first treatment. A fractionated CO2 laser, known as the Monalisa, is used.


Suggested Resources

  • Handle with care: looking after yourself in pregnancy (PDF)

    NSW Health

    Find out what the current recommendations are in regards to exercise, medications, food safety, alcohol and smoking.


    Before and during pregnancy
  • Food safety tips during pregnancy

    Food Authority

    Information include pregnancy and food safety, food to eat or avoid when pregnant, why you need to avoid certain foods and information on mercury and fish.


    Before and during pregnancy
  • Mind the Bump

    Beyond Blue

    Mind the Bump is a free Mindfulness Meditation App to help individuals and couples support their mental and emotional wellbeing in preparation for having a baby and becoming a new parent.


    Before and during pregnancy
  • Lets Talk Psychology

    This Turramurra practice provides specialised antenatal and postnatal psychological services to parents, infants, couples, and families. They aim to provide a service that acknowledges the complex adjustments and adaptations to the many changes that take place when having a baby.


    Before and during pregnancy
  • Mothersafe – 02 9382 6539

    MotherSafe provides a comprehensive counselling service for women and their healthcare providers concerned about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

    http://www.mothersafe.org.au/


    Before and during pregnancy
  • Ultrasound Care

    A specialist ultrasound practice providing diagnostic imaging services for women of all ages.

    Before and during pregnancy
  • Sydney Ultrasound For Women

    A specialist ultrasound practice providing diagnostic imaging services for women of all ages.


    Before and during pregnancy
  • Charmed and Dangerous: A Woman’s Guide to Reclaiming a Healthy Relationship (PDF)

    Violence against women and children is not acceptable for any reason. This brochure was developed by Tweed Valley Women’s Service to share information and resources that may assist women in their journey to achieving and maintaining a healthy relationship.


    Before and during pregnancy
  • Miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death support

    Sands
    Sands is the miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death charity. They operate across Australia, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and working to improve the care bereaved parents receive by healthcare professionals.


    Before and during pregnancy
  • Waterbirth Resources

    Water birth means that you will labour in a specially designed bath and you may also choose for your baby to be born under water. Your doctor or midwife will bring the baby to the surface of the water and place your baby on your chest.

    Water birth : Pregnancy Birth and Baby

    BabyCenter Australia : The pros and cons of water birth

    BellyBelly : Water Birth: Everything You Need To Know


    Birth and early years
  • Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA)

    The Australian Multiple Birth Association is a not-for-profit organisation consisting of multiple birth families to whom they provide support as well as resources and education for other families sharing the same unique journey.


    Birth and early years
  • Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)

    Australia’s leading authority on breastfeeding aims to support, educate and advocate for a breastfeeding inclusive society.


    Birth and early years
  • Tresillian

    Tresillian is Australia's largest child and family health organisation providing expert parenting advice to families during the early years.


    Birth and early years
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists - RANZCOG

    RANZCOG is dedicated to the establishment of high standards of practice in obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health. The College trains and accredits doctors throughout Australia and New Zealand in the specialties of obstetrics and gynaecology so that they are capable of providing the highest standards of healthcare. The College also supports research into women’s health and acts as an advocate for women’s healthcare by forging productive relationships with individuals, the community and professional organisations, both locally and internationally.


    Gynaecology
  • The Australasian Menopause Society

    Members of the Australasian Menopause Society Limited (AMS) are doctors and other health care professionals who each have a special interest in women's health in midlife and menopause, and the promotion of healthy ageing.


    Gynaecology
  • Continence Foundation of Australia

    The Continence Foundation of Australia is the national peak body promoting bladder and bowel health. The Continence Foundation of Australia's vision is to have a community free of the stigma of incontinence. They provide information on funding, referral and products. They also offer free resources for individuals, carers and professionals to help treat bladder and bowel control problems.


    Gynaecology

Gifts and Giving

Andrew has been involved in charitable work in Nepal in recent years, having been on 7 trips with a surgical and medical care team. The team have provided surgical treatment for women suffering significant degrees of Uterine Prolapse and Obstetric Fistula. Both conditions have a high incidence in women in Nepal.

Due to current discussions around foreign aid, this program has been put on hold.

Andrew’s current preference regarding gifts is for funds to be directed towards the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute and the work of Professor Badawi and her team. Professor Nadia Badawi, a highly respected Neonatologist, is the Macquarie Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy and conducts significant research into this area, focusing on prevention, best intervention and ultimately a cure for cerebral palsy.

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