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PIPER Perinatal is a state-wide
service which provides accessible and timely expert advice to health
care providers for high-risk obstetric care. This advice is provided by
experienced consultant obstetricians from the three tertiary
maternity/newborn hospitals in Melbourne.
PIPER Perinatal differs from the other
two sections of the Service as we do not perform patient retrievals.
Rather PIPER Perinatal relies on the ambulance service (principally the
Ambulance Victoria paramedics), but on occasion the Adult Retrieval
Victoria (ARV), to provide a team of medically qualified intensivists
who may be called upon to perform in utero transfers.
PIPER Perinatal is staffed by highly experienced obstetric consultants and nursing staff who coordinate referrals.
The PIPER Perinatal Service (PERS) was
formed in 2005 and was collocated with the PIPER Neonatal Service (NETS)
at the Royal Women's Hospital. The two services moved to the New RCH
hospital in December 2011 to facilitate the progressive functional and
administrative consolidation of these services with the PIPER Paediatric
Service (formerly PETS). We now share a common emergency telephone
number, as well as common telecommunications and triage infrastructure
Our referrals come from medical
practitioners and midwives involved in the provision of maternity care
across Victoria, both in the public and private sectors, from both
hospital and community settings, and from metropolitan and rural areas.
However we also provide support to staff in hospitals without an on-site
maternity service who may find themselves unexpectedly confronted by a
pregnant woman requiring urgent care, and to Ambulance Victoria
paramedics across the state. A small number of referrals are also
received from the NSW Riverina area, and from Tasmania.