Thank you for your understanding over recent weeks as we have implemented gold standard practices both in my rooms and at Hurstville Private Hospital to ensure the safety of you, your baby, and your family. We have all been challenged personally, on a family level and at work with these changes, but together we will face the challenge and ensure a beautiful outcome for you and your baby. I am grateful for your patience and look forward to providing the care that you need in the coming months.
Firstly, please be reassured that while much remains unknown about Coronavirus, there is no evidence to suggest that pregnant women are more susceptible to the virus, and there is no evidence that it causes more serious disease to pregnant ladies. Coronavirus does not transfer to your baby in utero or from breastfeeding.
Please follow the up to date guidelines on social distancing which apply to the NSW population which are updated daily on www.health.nsw.gov.au or download the Australian Department of Health Coronavirus App.
We have increased our staffing levels as a team to help you though this challenging time. My senior practice midwife Sue will be available on a dedicated mobile number if you need her assistance. Please contact the rooms for this number. Sue and I have worked together for over 14 years and Sue has a beautiful genuine interest in your care. Sue will liaise directly with me as necessary. Sue is also there as a kind ear and to help you with breastfeeding.
If you have major concerns, please call the rooms on 95705599 during business hours or Hurstville Private Hospital on 95797731 after hours. If you are in early labour, or have bleeding or pain, please contact labour ward of the hospital you are booked in to.
If you have respiratory symptoms, a sore throat, fever or a runny nose, please contact your GP and do not come to our rooms. If you have major concerns or need to change your appointment, please contact the rooms as usual. Please do not bring anyone with you to your appointment who is unwell.
Hurstville Private Hospital is running as usual for Obstetrics. Please be reassured that we will be providing personal care as usual for all healthy obstetric patients. In addition, there are strict processes in place to manage women with respiratory symptoms or a fever.
In labour, you will be limited to having your partner or one support person with you. Operating theatres are open for elective and emergency caesarean section deliveries.
Strict visiting hours apply with only your partner able to visit. Please refer to the Hurstville Private Hospital website www.hurstvilleprivate.com.au for further information.
The Opperman team takes pride in providing the highest level of safe and special care. Please do not hesitate to contact the rooms if you have any queries.
We are here to help.
James and the Team
The Early Years
James grew up in the Sutherland Shire and as the eldest of eight children he was surrounded by younger siblings, kindling his future interest in Obstetrics. He studied medicine at Sydney University and graduated with Honours in 1989.
Specialist training and working abroad
James undertook specialist training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he was awarded the F.J. Browne Medal in 1996 for first place in the membership exam for The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He was then appointed Senior Register at St Mary’s Hospital in London. In London he worked in the High Risk Obstetric Unit with interests in high blood pressure in pregnancy, gestational diabetes, and thyroid issues in pregnancy.
James established his practice at Hurstville Private in 1999 with consulting rooms on site. Since then James has delivered over 5000 babies. James is a Visiting Medical Officer at St George Public Hospital.
James is a sitting Member of the Medical Tribunal of NSW. He is involved in training Medical Students from the University of NSW in their final years.
James lives close by Hurstville Private with his wife and three children. He is passionate about the “outdoors” and is regularly seen running in Oatley Park. Amongst his achievements are:
• 1998 London Marathon
• 2000 Sydney Marathon
• 5 Oxfam 100km Trailwalker events with family and friends, fundraising and achieving a best place of 2nd overall
• 2013 Western States 100 Mile run in USA across the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Placed 1st amongst Australian entrants in a time of 22.5 hours
• Kokoda Trail with family and friends
• Ultra-trail Australia 50km and 100km events
• Multiple 6 Foot Track Marathons
• Motatapu and Tarawera 100km events in New Zealand
James will see you initially at about 8 weeks gestation. Your visit will include a medical history, dating ultrasound and discussing all your issues relating to the pregnancy. Many couples choose to have a screening test for chromosome disorders in the baby. This test is called the NIPT (non-invasive prenatal testing) test and James will discuss this with you further at the first visit (learn more about NEST here). RANZCOG recommends that all new families consider genetic carrier screen testing. Please read through the brochure on Genetic Carrier Screening (learn more about CGS here). James will discuss this with you at the first appointment.
Consultations thereafter are generally four weekly until twenty-eight weeks, then three weekly until thirty-four weeks, fortnightly until thirty-six weeks, then weekly until birth. If you have a high risk pregnancy, James will see you more frequently as needed.
James has three highly trained and competent midwives, Sue, Gina and Alex. They are able to address your more common pregnancy issues and liaise directly with James. They are available during business hours to help you with any concerns.
Our reception team includes Cathy, Nicole, Kirsty and Jenny who work closely with James. They will answer your calls, make appointments and greet you in the rooms. If you have a concern after hours please contact Hurstville Private on 9579 7731 and speak with the midwife in delivery suite. If the midwife is at all concerned for you or your baby she will direct you to attend delivery suite and she will contact James.
James shares a weekend roster to allow him to spend quality time with his family. James works every third or fourth weekend and when he is not available his colleagues Dr Greg Davis, Dr Emmanuel Karantanis and Dr Trent Miller provide cover. They practice obstetrics in a similar way and keep each other informed of your individual requirements.
James delivers at Hurstville Private and in some circumstances, at St George Public Hospital. He is onsite at Hurstville Private every weekday. James lives just a few kilometres from the hospital, allowing him to be responsive and to provide the highest quality of care.
The hospital and the midwives have an excellent reputation in the community. You are supported with compassion and genuine care throughout your pregnancy, your delivery and the postnatal time in hospital – a time of learning especially for first time mums. Partners can even stay too with day beds provided in the newly built rooms!
Hurstville Private Hospital has a level 2 Nursery with excellent paediatric and nursing facilities. For further information see www.hurstvilleprivate.com.au.
James’ rooms are located on site at Hurstville Private Hospital. Entry is via the main hospital entrance in Gloucester Road or through the car park which is accessed via Millet Street. Please take the lift to Suite 10 on Level 1. Our office hours are 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday. To enquire or make an appointment, please call us on (02) 9570 5599.
Suite 10, Level 1 / 37 Gloucester Rd
Hurstville NSW 2220
P: (02) 9570 5599
F: (02) 9570 5099
If you have a concern after hours please contact Hurstville Private Hospital on 9579 7731 and speak with the midwife in delivery suite. If the midwife is at all concerned for you or your baby she will direct you to attend delivery suite and she will contact James.