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Mater Mothers' Hospital Referral Guidelines

Mater Mothers' Hospital  is a private hospital contracted by Queensland Health to conduct an agreed number of public births per year. Due to high demand it is not currently possible to accept routine low risk referrals from outside the catchment area. Special consideration is made for women requiring tertiary care and indigenous women or women whose baby will identify as indigenous.

There is no catchment restriction for women having care under a private obstetrician at Mater Mothers' Private Brisbane.

The GP should submit a referral on the Mater Antenatal referral form as soon as possible following the first appointment or, if the LNMP is uncertain, after confirmation of the due date by dating scan.

The Mater Antenatal referral form can be accessed by:

1. Users of Medical Director, Best Practice, Practix or Genie can download the referral templates from www.materonline.org.au Go to: Quick referrals > Refer a public patient > Maternity > Antenatal Clinic

2. From the website www.materonline.org.au the form can be printed out (as a PDF) and completed by hand and then faxed or mailed, or completed using the interactive PDF document and then printed out and faxed or mailed.

3. A supply of paper copies of the referral form is available for those practices without computer or Internet access. Copies of this form can be obtained by contacting the GP Liaison Midwife on 07 3163 1861; by email GPL@mater.org.au Completed referrals may be faxed to 07 3163 8053 or posted to Mater Mothers’ Antenatal Clinic, Raymond Terrace South Brisbane Qld 4101.

Referrals are triaged daily (Monday to Friday) and appointments are allocated according to urgency and due date. A booking appointment with a midwife and obstetrician will be arranged  by 22  weeks  unless the referral identifies  a medical condition or obstetric history  requiring  an earlier appointment. Ultrasound reports and a copy of blood test results should be  faxed to antenatal clinic or  brought to the first  appointment.

Women should be referred locally for nuchal translucency scans and routine morphology scans. Women who want diagnostic testing (CVS or amniocentesis) can be referred to Mater Maternal Fetal Medicine for counselling +/- procedure, in addition to the antenatal clinic referral

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