National Perinatal Pathology Service
Public Service, Pathology
Your maternity support team can discuss the options available for a perinatal post-mortem examination. If you consent to a perinatal post-mortem, your maternity support team will complete the referral process on your behalf, once you have signed the perinatal post-mortem consent form. When organising perinatal post-mortems, our service providers will always endeavour to provide a date and time that suits the needs of the whānau.
Referral boundaries for the Service are not fixed and to ensure a streamlined, consistent service each hospital provides back up and support as required. In general, referrals to the Service are as follows:
- Auckland DHB, provided through Auckland Hospital: Northland, Auckland, Counties Manukau, Waitematā, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Tairāwhiti, Lakes, and Taranaki DHBs.
- Capital & Coast DHB, provided through Wellington Hospital: MidCentral, Whanganui, Hawke’s Bay, Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley, Wairarapa and Nelson/Marlborough DHBs.
- Canterbury DHB, provided through Christchurch Hospital: West Coast, Canterbury, and South Canterbury DHBs.
- Southern DHB, provided through Dunedin Hospital: Southern DHB.
Perinatal post-mortems will be completed as soon as is possible following a referral, within 2 business days. The post-mortem report will be made available to your Clinical support team within 8 weeks of the investigation. In some cases the report may take longer to complete if specialist tests are required.
A post-mortem report contains complex medical language and will include a description of findings highlighting and/or describing any abnormalities and providing a diagnosis where appropriate. You will be asked to come into the hospital for an appointment and your obstetrician will talk through the results You can request a copy of the post-mortem report from your obstetrician once you have had a meeting to discuss the results.
For health professionals, specific details relating to the referral process are located in the clinicians' section of Healthpoint. Please contact if you require access.
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This page was last updated at 12:16PM on October 4, 2021.