Referrals are accepted if:
• The patient lives in the Women's local area
• the patient requires tertiary care
• the requirements of HealthPathways Melbourne have been met.
The Women’s provides maternity, women’s health and gynaecological care at two sites; Parkville and Sandringham. As a tertiary hospital we must preserve capacity to accommodate women with specialist needs. We therefore encourage all women to access the closest hospital to their home address that can meet their health care needs. Exclusions apply to following groups, who can access any public hospital:
- Aboriginal/ATSI women
- Homeless women
We prioritise access for women who live in our local area (we are the closest hospital) and for women who have complex or high risk health needs requiring the specialist care and expertise of the Women's.
Please mark your referral ‘URGENT’ if a woman requires any urgent care. Referral for a woman required urgent care will be prioritised and triaged accordingly.
From 6 February 2023, the management of maternity, neonatal and gynaecological services at Sandringham Hospital will transition from the Women’s to Monash Health. There will be no change to these services and patients will not be affected. The team will remain in place and they will continue to provide the same high quality care as they do now.
GP referrals to Women’s Health/Gynaecology specialist outpatient clinics at the Royal Women’s Hospital are triaged against clinical information and investigations, as outlined in the referral requirements table and on the HealthPathways Melbourne website (login required). Referrals that do not meet the required clinical information and investigations will not be accepted.
Read more about women's health and gynaecology referrals.
How referrals are processed Learn more
Women with a low-risk pregnancy should be referred to the Women's if it is the closest maternity hospital to their home address. Women with complex care needs should be referred to the Women's if it is the closest tertiary hospital to their home address.Learn more
Women’s Health and Gynaecology referrals
The Women's has one referral pathway for our two sites. At Parkville we prioritise access for women who live in our local area and for women who have complex or high risk health needs. At Sandringham we provide primary gynaecology careLearn more
Abortion of pregnancy referrals Learn more
Reproductive Services referrals
The Women’s provides specialist expertise in a number of reproductive service areas. Referrals for reversal of sterilisation procedures are not accepted. All referrals need to contain the required clinical and contact information for triage.Learn more
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