I had a very similar experience with King Edward Memorial Hospital here in Perth. Once my doc had issued the hospital referral, I waited on the letter to arrive advising me of my first appointment date at KEMH ... but when it finally came, it wasn't scheduled until I was 20 weeks gone!
Well, I had an absolute fit and immediately rang the hospital to complain and query why I wasn't being offered any hospital care until I was nearly 5 months pregnant!?! They told me that I was free to see my doctor in the interim, but as my GP doesn't bulk bill and my hospital does, I was most adamant that they bring my appointment forward.
In the end, they did as I asked and my first hospital appointment was re-scheduled for when I was around 14 weeks instead. By this stage, I had already missed my 12 week scan and the first trimester genetic screening, but they tell me there are alternatives available in the second trimester so I guess I'll just have to settle for that. My advice to you if you really want to commence your hospital appointments before you're practically at your halfway mark, ring them up and be assertive ... they are there to meet your needs, not the other way around! Good luck smile
Nicole - WA - Mummy to 2 Girls (16yrs & 9mths)