All providers of maternity care have a responsibility to appropriately manage problems arising during a woman’s pregnancy. If the pregnancy deviates from normal, the community provider should consider referring the woman for hospital assessment or additional clinical consultation.
It is the primary responsibility of the maternity provider ordering an investigation to ensure appropriate follow up and management. However, all providers should check that any incomplete or abnormal investigation results or findings have been followed up. This should be clearly communicated and documented on the handheld record.
For immediate clinical advice, GPs are recommended to refer in the following manner according to hospital site.