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Maternity Outpatient Clinics

Women’s Health Service provides a Maternity Outpatient Service. These are urgent self-referral or medically recommended appointments when there are concerns for you or your baby after 20 weeks gestation.

Women’s Health Service is part of the Specialist Outpatient Service provided by South West Healthcare.

WHS provides Bulk Billed Antenatal and Gynaecology care to women. Bulk Billing is available for Medicare Eligible patients. For Medicare Ineligible fees at South West Healthcare, please follow this link.

South West Health Care is a teaching hospital. As such, there may be either a medical or midwifery student present alongside your doctor or midwife at your appointment at the Women’s Health Service.

If you are greater than 20 weeks pregnant and have concerns about your pregnancy we encourage you to call our MOS, a midwife will triage your concern over the phone and advise you whether it is necessary to come into the hospital for review with a midwife and/or an obstetric doctor. If the decision is made for review, the midwife will book you an appointment time and ask you to come in for assessment. Some of these appointments are immediate in order to ensure safety for you and your baby.

If you are experiencing any of the below, please contact MOS at Women’s Health Service,

WHS Phone hours of operation: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm Monday to Thursday, 9.00 am – 4:00 pm Friday

OR

After hours/weekends/public holidays call: Maternity Floor, Level 2,  5564 1441

  • Your baby’s pattern of movements have changed
  • Your waters have broken or are leaking
  • Your contractions are becoming painful and regular
  • You have any vaginal bleeding
  • You are experiencing offensive vaginal discharge
  • You think you may be going into labour before 37 weeks’ gestation
  • Severe constant pain
  • Urinary symptoms
  • If you are having contractions and are booked for a Caesarean Section
  • You develop a severe headache, blurred vision or upper abdominal pain
  • Severe generalised itchiness of skin
  • Abdominal trauma, such as a blow to the abdomen, car accident or fall
  • You are worried about yourself or your baby

OR

Please present to the Emergency Department if you are less than 20 weeks pregnant and/or have any of the following concerns:

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Asthma
  • Heart conditions
  • Altered conscious state
  • Seizures

 

Patient information

  • Who does this clinic care for?

    Maternity Outpatient Service (MOS) cares for all urgent pregnancy concerns and medically recommended appointments from 20 weeks gestation.

  • How do I access this service?

    Self-referral once over 20 week’s gestation if you require urgent pregnancy care.

  • What do I bring to an appointment?

    All Information your GP has given you in regards to your pregnancy.
    Medicare card, a list of all medications that you are currently taking, plus any relevant cards (example Health Care Card).

Health professional information

  • Who does this clinic care for?

    Maternity Outpatient Service (MOS) is for urgent pregnancy care from 20 weeks gestation. If under 20 weeks gestation please send patient to the emergency department.

  • How do I prepare my patient for an appointment?

    Discuss concerns.
    Make referral to MOS if greater than 20 weeks. Alternatively the patient can self-refer by ringing the MOS.

Page last updated: 12 May 2022

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