In order for us to be able to accept your patient for review and treatment, referring GP’s/Medical Specialists are required to provide the following detail in your referral.
- full name
- address and phone numbers
- date of birth
- Indigenous status for patient and spouse
- referring GP details
- health insurance details
- preferred language and interpreter requirements
- Medicare eligibility & number
- mobility needs.
- multiple pregnancies
- height and weight
- female circumcision
- parity and gravida
- pap smear.
- small baby <2500g at term
- pre-term birth
- previous caesareans
- Rhesus isoimmunisation
- mid-trimester loss or miscarriage
- gestational diabetes
- miscarriages >3.
- thyroid disease
- current smoker
- DVT or pulmonary.
- previous cone biopsy
- high blood pressure
- psychiatric disorders
- heart disease
- illicit drug use
- alcohol and other drugs
Investigations and results
- syphilis serology
- hepatitis B and C
- blood group
- vitamin D
- dating ultrasound
- HIV serology
- morphology 20-week ultrasound
- thalassemia testing (if indicated by MCV ≤80)
- screening for Down syndrome if requested by the patient.
Populate required information on the maternity referral form then print and fax to the relevant outpatient department on 03 8458 4205.
Essential referral content will be checked. You will be contacted if further information is required.
Please indicate the patient’s preferred model of care on the referral form. If requesting an urgent review please include relevant detail and results.
Acknowledgment of referral receipt will occur within eight working days.
The referral will be triaged by the specialist unit according to clinical criteria and patient preference.
This determines how long the patient will have to wait for their first antenatal appointment.
Patients with urgent conditions are scheduled to be seen within 30 days. Patients are allocated an antenatal clinic appointment.
The date for the appointment will depend on the model of care and clinical acuity. Both the referrer and patient are notified.
If you have not received a response to your referral within eight working days, please phone our central booking office.
Phone: 03 8458 4111.
The Transitions Alcohol and Drug Clinic provides specialist multidisciplinary care for pregnant women with substance use issues.
If making a referral please note the following:
- We provide obstetric and paediatric care to pregnant women who currently or recently had issues with cannabis, heroin, ice, alcohol, prescription medications or other substances.
- We are staffed by obstetricians (including a methadone prescriber) midwives, social workers, a paediatrician, a dietitian, a psychologist and a psychiatrist.
- Midwives provide one-on- one antenatal education with a specific focus on substance use.
- Women on methadone and buprenorphine programs or needing to be stabilised on methadone are also appropriate referrals.
- A drug and alcohol assessment is taken at the first visit and appropriate counselling and referrals organised.
- It is important that you take an accurate and up-to- date drug history (drug type, amount, frequency, etc.) to enable risk assessment and timely booking of appropriate appointments.
- Missing information will result in delays in processing your patient’s referral, so please include all relevant clinical information to avoid this occurring.
- Although many patients would not be suitable for the Shared Care Program, the staff work closely with GPs and are flexible regarding individualised arrangements where appropriate.
Referral contact details
Mercy Hospital for Women Maternity
Level 3, 163 Studley Road
Heidelberg Vic 3084
Phone: 03 8458 4111
Fax: 03 8458 4205
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