RPA Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS) - New phone service for referral advice available to health professionals

The RPA EPAS has recently commenced a new mobile phone service available for health professionals to contact if they require advice/guidance regarding referrals to EPAS.

There is no requirement to contact the service for every referral to EPAS, only if you require further advice or are particularly concerned about a woman you are referring.

Health professionals can contact EPAS on 0429 728 608, Mon-Sun, 8.00 am-4.00 pm.

The service will be staffed by EPAS CMCs Jean Flynn or Bithia O'Brien and will operate between the hours Mon-Sun, 8.00 am - 4.00 pm. Staff will not be able to receive calls while they are attending patients but will return calls as soon as possible.

Please note, this number is for health professionals only, and not for patients seeking advice.

Criteria for contacting the EPAS CMC on the mobile phone

  • Advice regarding women with pain or PV bleeding in early pregnancy <20 weeks
  • Inform hospital that a woman with an ectopic pregnancy is coming into ED
  • Advice about whether an outside scan meets the criteria for a miscarriage or an intrauterine pregnancy of uncertain viability (IPUV)
  • Complications following
    • Salpingectomy for an ectopic pregnancy
    • D&C for miscarriage
    • Medical management of miscarriage
    • Expectant management of miscarriage
  • Assistance with the latter stages of a pregnancy of unknown location (PUL) when it is unlikely that this is an ectopic pregnancy
  • Latter stages of management of methotrexate for an ectopic pregnancy/PUL
  • Short cervix on a morphology ultrasound scan
  • PV bleeding/PV discharge from 12 weeks to 19 weeks and 6 days

For all other non early pregnancy/gynaelogical issues, please contact hospital O+G Registrar ph. 9515 6111.

Additional EPAS Information

For further information and referral criteria for EPAS please visit HealthpathwaysEarly Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS), username: connected; password : healthcare