Obstetrics

For the assessment, comprehensive care and management of pregnant women including pre-natal diagnostic testing and high risk pregnancies

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

THS North West Region

Does not manage high risk pregnancies. Patients are referred to Northern Region.

Statewide

Antenatal care will either be midwifery led or collaborative models.  Women will be directed to the most suitable model based upon clinic risk and maternal preference.

Additional information:

South

North

  • Access to perinatal mental health team within THS North is via referral to Perinatal Mental Health Clinician within the obstetrics clinic.
  • Genetic counselling is organised as required.  Amniocentesis is available.
  • For pregnancy complications see Early Pregnancy Assessment Service and Pregnancy Assessment Centre.

North West

  • Access to perinatal mental health can be arranged within the clinic.
  • Women with pregnancy related issues should contact 1800 940 766 (MCH) or 1800 940 747 (NWRH) for advice.

Emergency conditions

Emergency conditions/symptoms include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Signs of severe pre-eclampsia
  • Haemo-dynamically unstable patients
  • Suspected ectopic pregnancy

Referral process

For accurate triage and to enhance patient safety a Statewide Antenatal Template is required for all new appointments which conforms to the Referral Standards as outlined on the For Clinicians page.

Referrals must include patient and referrer demographics, history of presenting complaint, clinical examination findings, medications, allergies, relevant past and family history and relevant investigations for the comprehensive assessment of patient risk.  Where insufficient information is provided the referral may be returned for clarification of details.  See Referral Non-acceptance.

Referrals are triaged to appropriate specialist care clinics according to the information provided.  Where the referrer or patient has special concerns or needs please detail these in the referral under “additional information”.

For further information:

A referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians.

Referral by fax on the Statewide Antenatal Template is preferred as it prompts for all the required information. Women are triaged from this referral, so accurate details are essential.

For further information:

Consider additional national services The Australian Parenting Website and Red Nose (SIDS and Kids).

Emergency

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED
– Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6777 5201
NWRH ED – Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED
– Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489

Urgent / category 1

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review and the referral must be faxed.

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent / category 2

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks

Routine / category 3

Next available appointment

Referral template

For use by health professionals only

Additional information

  • Health Smiles for Two pilot project enables eligible pregnant women who live in the North West of Tasmania to be provided priority dental appointments with Oral Health Services Tasmania at a North West clinic.