Information for General Practitioner (GP)
The Antenatal Shared Care Program aims to provide a high standard of antenatal care for women who have a low risk pregnancy.
The women are cared for by the Antenatal Services at the Hospital in conjunction with their General Practitioner (GP).
The objectives of the General Practitioners Antenatal Shared Program (GPANSC) are:
- To enable registered (GP's) to provide a high standard of antenatal care to women who are considered suitable for Antenatal Shared Care
- To provide choice, continuity of care and greater accessibility for women by seeing their GP during pregnancy
- To provide GP's with a recommended 'Best Practice' standard of antenatal care
RHW Advice Line for Antenatal Shared Care GPs call
+61 417 995 153
The types of calls we are expecting on the GP advice line are those that require specialist clinical advice and not calls about unstable patients or emergency situations.
- Urgent obstetric / medical advice Delivery Suite 02 9382 6100 or 0439 869 065
- 8am–4pm Weekdays, for non-urgent clinical questions contact the GP Shared Care Liaison Midwife on 0417 995 153
- 8am-4.30pm Weekdays, for more complex obstetric/medical advice from the GP Shared Care O&G registrar, call RHW Switch on 9382 6111 and ask to speak to Team 2 / Green Obstetrics registrars for Drs Coogan, Fay, Lee and Owen.
- After-hours and weekends 02 9382 6111 and ask switch to page the O & G Registrar, if not available then page the Nursing Supervisor on 44020.
If the registrar is unavailable then please ask switch to page the nursing supervisor.
The nursing supervisor will take your message and identify an appropriate staff member to answer your question as soon as possible
Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS)
If you need advice for women who are less than 20 weeks pregnant, bleeding or have pain and you wish your patient to be reviewed by the Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS) call 02 9382 6111 and page 46520, or if out of hours page the Nursing Supervisor on 44020.
This is an appointment only service and you will need to provide a referral.
Refer women to the Prince of Wales Emergency Department if clinically indicated.
Pregnancy Day Stay
Your patient should be greater than 20 weeks pregnant and indication for referral includes: IUGR, hypertension, spontaneous rupture of membranes (preterm-term), ambulatory BP monitoring, cholestasis, diabetes, hyperemesis* or if generally concerned. This is an appointment only service and you will need to provide a referral
Please call 02 9382 6417
*For initial presentation of hyperemesis please advise your patient to attend POW Emergency Department for assessment, notify the RHW gynaecology resident via switch as this assists with your patient being seen quickly. For subsequent management the patient will be seen in PDS.
Late diagnosis of pregnancy
If a woman presents late, perform routine screening and arrange an antenatal booking appointment ASAP. Contact the GP Shared Care Liaison Midwife on 0417 995 153 (8am-4.30pm).
Refer to the genetic counselling clinical business rule for advice on genetic screening options. To contact the genetic counselling department call GP Shared Care Liaison Midwife on 0417 995 153.
To be eligible to be a member of the Antenatal Shared Care Program for Royal Hospital for Women the GP must:
- Be known to Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN)
- Fulfil the requirements for affiliation
GPs wishing to practice Antenatal Shared Care need to be affiliated in the program.
Affiliation for ANSC requires:
- Satisfying the current requirements of SESLHD for appointment as an affiliated General Practitioner at the RHW
- Attendance at a RHW and CESPHN Antenatal Shared Care Program affiliation course
- 12 POINTS of endorsed Antenatal Shared Care educational activities for each triennium. CESPHN and RHW will monitor the number points achieved by each GP. CESPHN will record the names of the GPs attending the activities they run, but if GPs attend an activity run by another PHN, GPs must inform CESPHN so the points can be recorded
Quality assurance activities will be conducted periodically by CESPHN and RHW
Application Forms for GP ANSC at the RHW can be downloaded from the RHW web site, please contact GP liaison at the RHW for further details 02 9382 6016 or 0417 995 153
Royal Hospital for Women is committed to providing regular and comprehensive educational events to support GPs providing ANSC, which attract both ANSC and RACGP category 1 and 2 points.
Royal Hospital for Women provides the following :
- Clinical Placements for GPs in Obstetrics and Neonatology. Spaces are limited to five GPs per session.
- Hosts biannual Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatal updates. To book contact Royal Hospital for Women or CESPHN www.cesphn.org.au
- Antenatal Shared Care Program affiliation course Clinical tutorials are held throughout the year. Details are available at CESPHN www.cesphn.org.au
Eastern Suburbs PlayGroup : 1800 171 882
Child and Family Health Centres provide a free service to parents of children from 0-5 years. They provide mothercraft advice, counselling for the parents and to monitor the growth and development of babies and toddlers.
For first appointment phone 02 9382 0933
(For services outside Eastern Sydney see the White Pages)
|Early Bird Group at Clovelly ECHC||02 9665 1357|
|Bondi Beach||02 9130 2838|
|Double Bay||02 9327 4649|
|Eastgardens||02 9314 0521|
|King Cross||02 8374 6311|
|Mascot||02 9667 2666|
|Paddington||02 9380 4295|
|Randwick||02 9398 3815|
|Waverly||02 9387 1981|
|KARITANE and TRESILLIAN|
|Family Care Cottage Randwick||Day stays for feeding, settling, parenting issues, regular sleep and settling groups for babies 0-3 months.||Phone: 02 9399 6999 (Phone to book)|
|Karitane @ home (private health insurance)||Phone: 0433 777 491 or 02 9399 6999|
|Postnatal Depression Group||Eight week program, childcare available, group and individual counselling / therapy. Referral from GP or C&FHC needed.||Phone: 02 9399 6999|
|Tresillian Residential Service
Karitane Residential Service
|Residential care for mothers who need more than day care programs. Usually mother and baby admitted for 5 days. Located out of Eastern Sydney area.||
|Sydney Uni Psychology Clinic (free CBT)||02 9351 2629||Glebe|
|UNSW Psychology Clinic (free CBT)||02 9385 3042||Kensington|
|Waverley D & A Team (public)||02 9387 6788||Waverley|
|SESLHD Mental Health Teams (24 hours / home visit)|
Crisis Team Triage Number 1800 011 511
St Vincent’s O’Brien Centre 02 8382 1300
RHW Clinical Midwife Consultant Perinatal Mental Health 0457 733 554
Parenting Telephone Helplines (Telephone support for parents)
|Support for Parents||Phone Number|
|Tresillian (run by registered nurses 24 hours)||02 9787 0855|
|Karitane (run by registered nurses 24 hours)||02 9794 1852|
Breastfeeding Helpline (ABA – 7 days/24 hours)
1800 686 2 686
Royal Hospital for Women - Telephone Helplines
|Paddington / Oxford Postnatal Wards||02 9382 6398|
|Paddington||02 9382 6348|
|Lactation Consultant||02 9382 6341|
|Social Work||02 9382 6670|
Jane Svensson co-ordinates Mumsense and antenatal classes
|02 9382 6700|
|02 9382 6539|
Occasional Care and Mother Support Programs
Women and Children’s Deli
|02 9667 4664
8:30am – 4:30pm
Mon – Thurs
Bondi Beach Cottage Family Support
|02 9365 1607|
|1300 364 277|
Well Women Clinic
|02 9382 8321
Holdsworth St Centre, Woollahra
|02 9302 3600|
Mum for Mum
|02 9363 0257|
|02 9382 0245|
The Australian Government
Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council 2012, Clinical Practice Guidelines: Antenatal Care – Module 1. Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra.
NSW Ministry of Health
NSW Ministry of Health has produced number of publications that provide pregnant women with advice on all aspects of pregnancy.
Thinking of Having a Baby - Planning pregnancy and becoming pregnant
Having a Baby - This is given to all women who receive care at a public maternity unit
Early Pregnancy - When things go wrong
Non English Pregnancy Resources
Pregnancy and Parenting resources are also available in other languages and can be sourced at http://www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au/ (under Publications and Resources)
Baby Hearing and Child Health
SWIS-H publications to help inform families about the program have been developed, these are:
- Why does my baby need a hearing check
- Why does my baby need a repeat hearing test
- Hearing loss and your baby – the next steps
Can be sourced at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/topics/child_health.asp
A brochure titled Hearing Loss is available in seven community languages: http://www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au/topics/hearing_loss
Other useful Publications and Factsheets from NSW Health: www.health.nsw.gov.au/pubs/main_index.asp
For links to State Hepatitis Councils and information for people affected by Hepatitis B and C and those who work to support them
NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service. Resources are available by topic and language
A comprehensive directory of health services relating to HIV, viral hepatitis and related areas
Pamphlets and brochures for clients as well as information provided through the website or helpline. The helpline can also assist in locating clients’ nearest service.
The Gastroenterological Society of Australia – Patient Factsheets in multiple languages