Criteria for referral to public hospital specialist clinic services

  • Surgical termination of pregnancy at later gestations
  • Surgical termination of pregnancy where medical termination is no longer appropriate and services cannot be accessed outside of a public health service.

Information to be included in the referral

Information that must be provided

  • Results of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) confirming pregnancy
  • Results of pelvic ultrasound confirming pregnancy and weeks of gestation
  • Documented rhesus blood group.

Provide if available

Not applicable.

Additional comments

The Summary and referral information lists the information that should be included in a referral request.

Medical termination of pregnancy managed in primary care is preferred to surgical terminations where practicable.

Referrals should be made to suitable community-based services wherever possible (see 1800 My Options). A referral to a health service may be necessary if there is no suitable local community-based service available.

Providing surgical termination of pregnancy of later gestation requires specialist surgical staff and support services. Women who require this service should be directed to designated service providers.

Where appropriate and available the referral may be directed to an alternative specialist clinic or service.

Referral to a public hospital is not appropriate for

Not applicable.