Pregnancy Assessment Centre FAQs

Mater’s Pregnancy Assessment Centre is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No appointment is necessary. The PAC is located at the Mater Mothers’ Hospitals, South Brisbane, with access via Raymond Terrace. The PAC provides expert care for:

  • Women who may be experiencing problems at any stage during pregnancy, this includes early pregnancy complications.
  • Women experiencing post natal problems up to six weeks after birth.
  • Women in labour who are booked in to deliver at Mater. 

Who can access the PAC?

Both private and public funded women can access the service of PAC at any step of their pregnancy from day one to six weeks after birth of baby. The service offers a sensitive approach to early pregnancy complications, and conditions relating to pregnancy, giving women access to treatment and diagnosis in a timely manner.

Mater’s PAC is the first Pregnancy Assessment Centre in Queensland to offer 24 hour, seven day a week scanning and assessment for both private and public patients.

In what situations should I go to PAC?

If you are pregnant please present to PAC if you are experiencing the following:

  • Pain or vaginal bleeding
  • Unusual or offensive vaginal loss
  • Headaches and visual disturbances
  • A decrease in baby’s movements
  • Mastitis
  • Worried feelings after birth of baby

Please remember to bring your pregnancy records with you.

If I think I’m having a miscarriage, is there somewhere I can be away from other pregnant women?

Yes, if you may be suffering a miscarriage, we will ensure you are separate from other patients immediately after triage. PAC has a specific area for early pregnancy assessment providing a private area for women who may be suffering bleeding in early pregnancy which is separate to women who may present after 20 weeks.

What happens when I arrive?

When you arrive at PAC you will be met by the triage Midwife. However, the triage Midwife will prioritise women on the basis of need, rather than order of arrival. If your condition worsens whilst you are waiting please let the staff know.  For private patients who present to PAC you will be seen by a triage midwife and we would prioritise your care, you and your partner or support person may be directed to our private lounge. 

Can I come to PAC if I am booked into another hospital to deliver my baby?

Yes, PAC is open to everyone from day one of pregnancy. Women with private health insurance can choose to deliver at the hospital of their choice, however publicly insured women who live out of catchment, will need to deliver at the hospital where they are booked in.

Is there a cost to visit PAC?

This service is free of charge for women who are booked with, or plan to book with a private obstetrician at Mater Mothers’ Private Brisbane. If you have private health insurance and are booked in to have your baby at another private maternity hospital, you will still be able to access the service for a fee, which will be provided at the time of the service. We will contact your obstetrician on arrival to the centre.  

Can my partner/support person come with me to the PAC?

Your partner or support person is most welcome to support you at the PAC. We ask that where possible, children are cared for outside the service for the comfort of other patients. Babies of course are welcome. 

If I visit the PAC, will my visit and results be passed on to my usual health provider?

The PAC provides access to a specialist obstetrician 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, immediate ultrasounds and results, blood tests and immediate hospital admission if required.

A summary of your visit to PAC will be provided to your usual health provider. Please bring the contact information of your usual care provider with you. General practitioners can also refer to the service.

Where can I park?

There is a limited number of spaces available for emergency drop offs at the main entrance to the Mater Mothers’ Hospital. Please endeavour to move the car to an appropriate car park within a five minute timeframe.

There are three multi-storey car parks on the South Brisbane campus—Hancock Street car park, Mater Hill (East and West) car parks and Mater Medical Centre car park (Refer to map below for locations). All proceeds from Mater’s car parks support Mater patient care and medical research. These car parks are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Parking attendants answer calls between 6.30 am and 9.30 pm Monday to Friday, and 11.30 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Calls outside these times will be diverted to security.

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For urgent assessment at any stage of your pregnancy, please present to your nearest emergency centre or Mater Mothers’ 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre in South Brisbane.

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