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Maternity

Please confirm pregnancy and refer early to maternity services so that women can be assessed within appropriate timeframes. Maternity services are available at RockhamptonGladstoneEmerald, and Biloela.

Standard information for all referrals

Reason for request

  • To establish a diagnosis
  • For treatment or intervention
  • For advice and management
  • For specialist to take over management
  • Reassurance for general practitioner or second opinion
  • For a specified test or investigation the general practitioner can't order, or the patient can't afford or access
  • Reassurance for the patient or family
  • For other reason (e.g., rapidly accelerating disease progression)
  • Clinical judgement indicates a referral for specialist review is necessary

Patient's demographic details

  • Full name (including aliases)
  • Date of birth
  • Residential and postal address
  • Phone contact numbers – home, mobile and alternative
  • Medicare number (where eligible)
  • Name of the parent or caregiver (if appropriate)
  • Preferred language and interpreter requirements
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ask the patient their ethnicity

Referring practitioner details

  • Full name
  • Full address
  • Contact details – phone, fax, email
  • Provider number
  • Date of referral
  • Signature
  • Patient's usual general practitioner (if different from above)

Relevant clinical information about the condition

  • Inclusion of Clinical Prioritisation Criteria (CPC) where relevant
  • Presenting symptoms (evolution and duration)
  • Physical findings
  • Investigations carried out and results as indicated in the relevant pathway
  • Details of previous treatment (including systemic and topical medications prescribed) including the course and outcome of the treatment
  • Options already pursued
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Details of any associated medical conditions which may affect the condition or its treatment (e.g. diabetes), noting these must be stable and controlled prior to referral
  • Current medications and dosages
  • Drug allergies
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use

Clinical modifiers

  • Impact on employment
  • Impact on education
  • Impact on home
  • Impact on activities of daily living
  • Impact on ability to care for others
  • Impact on personal frailty or safety
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Other relevant information

  • Willingness to have surgery (where surgery is a likely intervention)
  • Choice to be treated as a public or private patient
  • Compensable status (e.g., DVA, WorkCover, motor vehicle insurance)

Essential information

  • History including:
    • LMP and best estimate of due date
    • Relevant medical, social, mental health, gynaecological, and obstetric history
    • Relevant family history
    • Medications including OTC
    • Smoking history and use of other drugs
  • Examination
    • Weight, height, body mass index
    • Blood pressure
  • Investigations:
    • Blood test results – FBC, blood group and antibody screen, hepatitis B (HBsAg), Hep C Ab, HIV Ab, syphilis serology, and Rubella Ab.
    • MSU
    • Dating ultrasound scan
    • Results for prenatal screening for fetal anomalies

Additional information

  • Blood test results – TSH, Vit D, OGTT, HbA1c, ferritin, Varicella Ab, toxoplasmosis serology, parvovirus serology
  • Pap smear
  • Sexually transmitted infection screening

Information for your patient

Next steps

  • Request will be triaged by antenatal clinic.
  • Based on the information contained in the request, the patient will be offered an appointment either:
    • with an obstetrician or antenatal doctor to discuss identified issues or risks.
    • for a booking visit with a midwife – this is timed according to risk assessment, for low‑risk pregnancies this may occur after the 18 to 20 week morphology scan.

Pregnancy care options available

Rockhampton

Following the booking visit both the woman's preference, and an assessment of risk, will be taken into account, then an option selected.

  • General practitioner shared care – most pregnancy care is provided by the general practitioner with some visits to the hospital antenatal clinic i.e., booking visit and 34 weeks. Labour, birthing, and postnatal care provided by the midwives of the Rockhampton Maternity Service.
  • Midwifery Group Practice – A small group of midwives located in the community who provide all care during pregnancy, labour, birth, and postnatal. One midwife of the group becomes the primary midwife for the patient.
  • Routine Care – Midwives from the hospital clinic provide pregnancy care. Midwives from the birthing suite, the maternity ward, and the home visiting service provide care for labour, birth, and the first week following birth.
  • Gumma Gundoo – Community based care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women or women with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child. Provides care during pregnancy and the early weeks after birth. Includes cultural support services and a transport service.
  • Obstetric Clinic – For high risk pregnancies. These patients will be cared for by specialist doctors and midwives.

Gladstone

  • General practitioner shared care – Most pregnancy care is provided by the general practitioner with some visits to the hospital antenatal clinic i.e., booking visit and 34 weeks. Labour, birthing, and postnatal care provided by the midwives of the Gladstone Maternity Service.
  • Midwifery Group Practice – A small group of midwives located in the community who provide all care during pregnancy, labour, birth, and postnatal. One midwife of the group becomes the primary midwife for the patient.
  • Routine Care – Midwives from the hospital clinic provide pregnancy care. Midwives from the birthing suite, the maternity ward, and the home visiting service provide care for labour, birth, and the first week following birth.
  • Nhulundu Health Service – Community based care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women or women with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child. Provides care during pregnancy and the early weeks after birth. Includes cultural support services.
  • Obstetric Clinic – For high risk pregnancies. These patients will be cared for by specialist doctors and midwives.

Emerald

  • General practitioner shared care – Most pregnancy care is provided the general practitioner with some visits to the hospital antenatal clinic i.e., booking visit and 34 weeks. Labour, birthing, and postnatal care provided by the midwives of the Emerald Maternity Service.
  • Midwifery Group Practice, supported by antenatal doctor (rural generalist) as needed – A small group of midwives located in the community who provide all care during pregnancy, labour, birth, and postnatal. One midwife of the group becomes the primary midwife for the patient.
  • Routine Care, supported by antenatal doctor (rural generalist) as needed – Midwives from the hospital clinic provide pregnancy care. Midwives from the birthing suite, the maternity ward, and the home visiting service provide care for labour, birth, and the first week following birth.
  • Obstetric Clinic – For high risk pregnancies. These patients will be cared for by specialist doctors and midwives.

Biloela

  • General practitioner shared care – Most pregnancy care is provided by the general practitioner with some visits to the hospital antenatal clinic i.e., booking visit and 34 weeks. Labour, birthing, and postnatal care provided by the midwives of the Rockhampton Maternity Servic
  • Midwifery Group Practice – A small group of midwives located in the community who provide all care during pregnancy, labour, birth, and postnatal. One midwife of the group becomes the primary midwife for the patient.
  • Routine Care – Midwives from the hospital clinic provide pregnancy care. Midwives from the birthing suite, the maternity ward, and the home visiting service provide care for labour, birth, and the first week following birth.
Last updated: 17 February 2021

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CQ Health Maternity Services

Named referrals

If you would like to send a named referral, please address it to a specialist listed below.

Rockhampton

Fax: (07) 4920 6234
Phone: (07) 4920 6438

  • Dr David Hill Department Director
  • Dr David Shaker (VMO)
  • Dr Leigh Grant
  • Dr Lilantha Wedisinghe
  • Dr Theron Moodley
  • Dr Brian McCully
  • Dr Preeti Patil

Gladstone

Fax: (07) 4920 6234
Phone: (07) 4976 3207

  • Dr Surafel Alemu
  • Dr Clive Green
  • Dr Amita Roy

Emerald

Fax: (07) 4920 6234
Phone: (07) 4987 9496

  • Dr David Hill Department Director
  • Dr Leigh Grant

Biloela

Fax: (07) 4920 6234
Phone: (07) 4992 7000.

  • Dr David Hill Department Director
  • Dr Leigh Grant

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