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Early Pregnancy Assessment (Redland Hospital only)

Useful management information

Women with early pregnancy complications seeing their GP and living in the Redland Hospital catchment may be directed to the next Early Pregnancy Clinic if clinically stable, but ONLY after discussion between the GP and the Obstetrician/Registrar. This clinic does not accept direct GP referrals without phone advice first.

*An appointment is usually offered on the day after phone consultation between GP and Obstetrician/Registrar.

Redland Hospital contact details:

  • Phone On-Call Registrar 3488 3758 or Obstetrician 3488 3111
  • Only refer to Emergency Department if patient condition is not stable 

NB: Referrals are NOT to be sent via the Central Referral Hub as this may delay patient care

Minimum referral criteria (Does your patient meet the minimum referral criteria?)

Category 1
(appointment within 30 calendar days)

If you feel your patient meets Category 1 criteria, please mark “urgent” on your referral

Women with early pregnancy complications seeing their GP and living in the Redland Hospital catchment may be directed to the next Early Pregnancy Clinic if clinically stable, but ONLY after discussion between the GP and the Obstetrician/Registrar. This clinic does not accept direct GP referrals.

  • a positive pregnancy test or suspected pregnancy, and
  • a pregnancy less than 20 weeks completed gestation,

and are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • pain or vaginal bleeding but are clinically stable
  • no bleeding but with a non-viable pregnancy
  • a confirmed stable ectopic pregnancy to be treated conservatively
  • pregnancy of unknown location, stable and requiring follow up
  • hyperemesis gravidarum requiring follow up
Category 2
(appointment within 90 calendar days)
  • No Category 2 criteria
Category 3
(appointment within 365 calendar days)
  • No Category 3 criteria

If your patient does not meet the minimum referral criteria:

  • Assessment and management information can be found on a range of conditions at Brisbane South HealthPathways
  • Consider other treatment pathways or an alternative diagnosis
  • If the patient does not meet the criteria for referral but the referring practitioner believes the patient requires specialist review, a clinical override may be requested:
    • Please explain why (e.g. warning signs or symptoms, clinical modifiers, uncertain about diagnosis, etc.)
  • Please note that your referral may not be accepted or may be redirected to another service

Standard referral information (To be included in 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 GP/second opinion
  • For a specified test/investigation the GP can't order, or the patient can't afford or access
  • Reassurance for the patient/family
  • For other reason (e.g. rapidly accelerating disease progression)
  • Clinical judgement indicates a referral for specialist review is necessary

Relevant clinical information about the condition

  • Presenting symptoms (evolution and duration)
  • Physical findings
  • Details of previous treatment (including systemic and topical medications prescribed) including the course and outcome of the treatment
  • All conservative options that have been pursued unsuccessfully prior to referral
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Details of any associated medical conditions which may affect the condition or its treatment (e.g. diabetes, BMI), noting these must be stable and controlled prior to referral
  • Any special care requirements where relevant (e.g tracheostomy in place, oxygen required)
  • Current medications and dosages
  • Drug allergies
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use
  • A comprehensive capture of information in relation to MSH Referral Criteria

Clinical modifiers

  • The presence of clinical modifiers may impact the categorisation of the patient.
  • Impact on employment
  • Impact on education
  • Impact on home
  • Impact on activities of daily living functioning – low/medium/high
  • Impact on ability to care for others
  • Impact on personal frailty or safety
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

Patient's Demographic Details

  • Full name (including aliases)
  • Date and country of birth
  • Residential and postal address including whether patient resides at an aged care facility
  • Telephone contact number/s – home, mobile and alternative
  • Medicare number (where eligible)
  • Name of the parent or caregiver (if appropriate)
  • Name of delegate and contact details (Department of Corrective Services)
  • Preferred language and interpreter requirements
  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Any special needs, access requirements and/or disability relevant to the referral

Referring Practitioner Details

  • Full name
  • Full address
  • Contact details – telephone, fax, email
  • Provider number
  • Date of referral
  • Signature
  • Nominated general practitioner’s details (if known), if the nominated general practitioner is different from the referring practitioner

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, Work Cover, Motor Vehicle Insurance, etc.)

Essential referral information

Telephone On-Call Registrar 3488 3758 or Obstetrician 3488 3111 (If directed to refer to ED, referral should be sent with patient)

For all non - ED referrals made initially by phone please send a detailed referral as directed to Redland Hospital (DO NOT send referrals via Central Referral Hub)

  • Reason for referral and indicate current gestation/LMP, Expected Date of Delivery (EDD), Past Obstetric (and Medical History if relevant), and clinical findings
  • Blood results if available especially Blood Group/Antibody Screen
  • Quantitative HCG levels if available
  • USS reports if available

Out of catchment

Metro South Health is responsible for providing public health services to the people who reside within its boundaries. Special consideration is made for patients requiring tertiary care or services that are not provided by their local Hospital and Health Service.  If your patient lives outside the Metro South Health area and you wish to refer them to one of our services, inclusion of information regarding their particular medical and social factors will assist with the triaging of your referral.

Last updated 19 December 2023
Last reviewed 20 January 2023