Frequently Asked Questions
What are your hours?
Dr Shetty’s hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday and all appointments can be made by calling (02) 8416 1648.
GP referrals can be faxed to (02) 8416 1658.
You can also email us with any queries to email@example.com
Dr Shetty provides a free initial consultation for expecting mothers.
If you have an urgent pregnancy issue Dr Shetty has urgent spots every week that she reserves with a call from your GP, or just call our rooms if you are not sure.
Urgent conditions may include
- Abnormal bleeding
- Loss of movement
- High or low blood pressure issues
- Gestational diabetes
Where are you located?
Suite 25, Level 1
163 Hawkesbury Road
Westmead NSW 2145
What about parking and public transport?
Westmead Private Hospital
- 12 Mons Road Westmead NSW 2145
- For parking details for Westmead Private Hospital click here.
- For public transport details for Westmead Private Hospital click here
- The Westmead Train station is about a 10-15 minute walk.
- Cnr of Hawkesbury Rd & Darcy Rd Westmead 2145
- For parking details and public transport details at Westmead Hospital click here.
- The Westmead Train station is about a 10-15 minute walk.
The new Sydney Metro which already operates in the North West (Castle Hill, Bella Vista and Kellyville through to Chatswood) is Australia’s biggest public transport project providing trains every 10 minutes and will have a station at Westmead. Read more here.
In 2020, construction started on the line that will connect Westmead Metro direct to Inner West (e.g. Five Dock, Glebe and Pyrmont) and the City (Victoria Cross, Barangaroo and Martin Place). Westmead Metro will have routes that go direct to the south west Sydney as well as the Western airport line (Orchard Hills, Airport Business Park and St Mary’s.
Parking is available at the Daher Center. Please contact our receptionist for instructions.
Visitor parking is also available at Westmead Public Hospital. Which is approximately 5 minutes walk to/from the center.
Am I culturally at risk for problems in my pregnancy?
Dr Shetty provides connected and compassionate care to women of all cultural backgrounds.
Certain ethnicities may make you more vulnerable of developing certain conditions in pregnancy such as diabetes, fetal growth restriction and preterm birth.
Please visit our services page to learn more about these conditions here.
What questions should I ask myself when looking for the best obstetrician in Westmead?
While many obstetricians say they are “high risk” doctors – and can and do treat high risk conditions, a Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist has formal qualifications in complex delivery, and this includes three years of extra obstetric training as an advanced obstetric Fellowship.
MFMs often supervise the labour ward and teach trainee obstetricians to manage pregnancy and how to deal with complex situations should they arise.
The biggest reason most women see an MFM specialist is if they have concerns about a high-risk pregnancy (such as diabetes, obesity, poor growth rate in baby or high blood pressure in pregnancy to name a few).
Ask yourself these questions to see if you might be a candidate for a higher risk pregnancy.
- Do I have an auto-immune disease, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, depression/anxiety or other chronic health conditions that may impact my pregnancy?
- Do I take medications that need close monitoring in pregnancy?
- Have I had an abnormal glucose tolerance test in pregnancy (also known as gestational diabetes test or sugar test in pregnancy)?
- Have I had complications with previous pregnancies such as recurrent miscarriage, very early or very long labours, placenta praevia, preterm birth, preeclampsia or a clotting disorder?
- Am I having triplets or a multiple birth pregnancy?
- Am I having IVF?
- Is there a family history of inherited disorders (also called genetic disorders)?
- Have I had high-risk results on (non-invasive prenatal testing) NIPT or other suspected problems on ultrasound?
- Is the role of 3D or 4D ultrasound important due to previous health concerns for myself or my baby?
- Do I have a sexually transmitted disease that may impact my pregnancy such as HIV, chlamydia or herpes (HPV)?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, or you have previously been told you are at risk of a high-risk labour, seek guidance from your GP as to whether an obstetrician or maternal foetal medicine specialist can assist you.
What is included in the luxury birthing experience?
Dr Shetty is delighted to provide a luxury birthing experience to mums and dads at Westmead Private Hospital which offers:
- A leading-edge Special Care Nursery that offers the highest standard of care available in NSW private hospital system for high risk pregnancies.
- Westmead Private Hospital is reassuringly co-located next to Westmead Public should Mum or bub require emergency treatment at one of Australia’s most respected tertiary centres.
- Dr Shetty has admitting rights as maternal foetal medicine doctor and an obstetrician (Westmead Private) and as an MFM and obstetrician (Westmead Public) should you baby require emergency care in a tertial hospital.
- Westmead Private has 50% larger than standard private rooms, with a comfy bed for your partner, which provides comfort and convenience during a pregnancy complication that requires monitoring in hospital.
- The hospital has a complimentary high tea for the whole family as well as complimentary post-birth support that includes 3 free post-natal exercise classes, free infant massage workshops and a postnatal support clinic (settling, breastfeeding and bathing) that is also complimentary for 6 weeks after your stay.
- Find out about the Westmead Private Hospital facilities here or watch video here.
How do I get a referral to Dr Shetty?
Any GP can refer to Dr Shetty. For a list of local GPs in the Westmead and Parramatta area please click here.
You can see Dr Shetty without a referral, but you can only claim a portion of her fees with a valid referral from a GP and if you have a Medicare card.
What is your COVID-19 policy?
We ask that all patients call us first if they have any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Have tested positive for COVID-19 in past 14 days
- Have travelled to any COVID-19 hotspots in the past 14 days
- For the safety of all our patients we will also ask you wear a mask.