Surgical Specialties Service

Surgeon with X-rays

The Surgical Specialties service is committed to the development, evaluation and introduction of new specialist surgical techniques, for the benefit of patients and the teaching of local and international students, and the progressive appointment of qualified medical, nursing and administrative staff to meet immediate and future needs.

This service offers nursing practice opportunities across a diverse range of surgical specialties and includes elective surgery, emergency trauma surgical care and an extensive surgical ambulatory care service.  Expert nurse clinicians provide practice development in specialties including eyes, ENT, urology, gynaecology, plastic surgery, burns, breast/endocrine, oesophago-gastric, hepato-biliary & pancreatic, colo-rectal, oral & maxillofacial, gastroenterology and neurosurgery.  In addition, neurology, a specialized stroke unit, stomal therapy, endoscopy suite, infection prevention and control unit and dermatology day centre add to the variety of experiences available.

Neurosurgical research includes the study of cerebral perfusion and neuromonitoring in severe head injury; research into spinal cord pathology, particularly syringomyelia and spinal trauma; and a collaborative study of experimental head injury.

The Burns Unit produced the Australian Burns Handbook, and medical and nursing staff of the unit provide education sessions around South Australia for health professionals and the community. Members of the nursing staff teach in the graduate diploma courses offered by the Department of Clinical Nursing, University of Adelaide, as well as in courses offered by other hospitals.

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