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.
Any woman less than 20 weeks gestation should present to the Emergency Department (at the booking site) for assessment. This includes first trimester bleeding or pain that cannot be appropriately diagnosed and managed in the community.
Any pregnant woman presenting with an urgent non- obstetric condition (eg chest pain, undiagnosed abdominal pain, seizures, unusual migraine) should be referred to the Emergency Department in the first instance for assessment.
Non-urgent queries will be responded to in a timely manner. This may include: