Sydney Local Health District
RPA Women and Babies Ambulatory Care

Information for pregnant women

Congratulations on your pregnancy. We look forward to being able to provide your antenatal care at RPAH Women and Babies. A GP referral is required for pregnancies cared for by our service. Your first appointment will be arranged by RPAH following receipt and processing of your GP referral. If you would prefer a certain Model of Care for your pregnancy and if you are suitable for that model of care, then please ensure that your GP specifies this in the referral.

Models of Care available at RPA Women and Babies includes.

Birth Centre: Midwifery-led care for low- to medium-risk women who want minimal intervention with their labour and birth. Midwives support the woman during the antenatal, labour and birth of the baby and the immediate post-natal period.

GP Antenatal Shared Care: Pregnancy care is shared between a general practitioner (if recognised with the GP ANSC program) and the Antenatal Clinic or Birth Centre (RPA only). This model of care is offered to women considered to be healthy and with a low risk pregnancy.

Hospital-based Care: Antenatal care provided for low, medium and high-risk women, by Midwives and/or doctors working in the Antenatal Clinic. The delivery suite midwives provide care during labour.

Midwifery Antenatal Postnatal Service (MAPS): Midwifery-led care for low- to medium-risk women from a designated Midwife who will provide continuity of care through the antenatal and immediate post-natal periods. The delivery suite midwives provide care during labour.

Midwifery Group Practice (MGP): Midwifery-led care for low- to medium-risk women from a designated Midwife who will provide continuity of care through the antenatal, labour, the birth of the baby and the immediate post-natal periods.

CMC Aboriginal Women and Babies: Midwifery-led care for all risk women who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) and women who are having babies who will identify as ATSI. The Clinical Midwifery Consultant (CMC) works closely with the Obstetrics medical team. Care is currently provided across the antenatal and immediate post-natal period.

To register for the free Early Pregnancy Information session, email SLHD-RPAParentEducation@health.nsw.gov.au.

Information for General Practitioners - Patient Referrals

You can now make referrals to RPA Women and Babies services using HealthLink SmartForm eReferrals via the Sydney Local Health District Womens Health section on the HealthLink Referred Services list. HealthLink SmartForms are accessible from Best Practice, Genie and Medical Director software systems or via the My HealthLink Portal. For support on using or connecting your practice to HealthLink SmartForms email SLHD-EReferralProject@health.nsw.gov.au. Use of eReferral enables direct confirmation of triage outcomes to both the referrer and patient.

If you’re unable to complete a referral via HealthLink SmartForms, please fax the referral (using this fax cover sheet) to (02) 9515 3454. Using the coversheet enables enhanced referral management and progress tracking.

For more information on referring to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital services please visit the HealthPathways Sydney website.

 

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