The Royal Adelaide Hospital is one of the two designated adult major Trauma Services for South Australia.
Currently the Trauma Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital sees around 1800 "trauma call" cases per year, which is over two thirds of the total state work load. As well as covering most of South Australia, the Trauma Service regularly acts as the Major Trauma referral centre for patients from the Northern Territory, from western Victoria, and from western New South Wales.
The Trauma Service is a multidisciplinary department with Medical Consultants coming from Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. The RAH Trauma Service, working closely with the Emergency Department, is responsible for managing the Trauma Team response to trauma patients in the Emergency Department and for follow up care for some admitted patients. There is 24 hour in-house dedicated registrar cover. These registrars come from a mixture of backgrounds including Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and the Australian Defence Force.
It is envisaged that a Fellow position will be re-introduced within the next few years.
Medical student elective rotations are available and have been heavily subscribed. The initial contact point for enquiries regarding medical student electives is through the
The Trauma Service is also responsible for maintaining the RAH Trauma Registry which is the major contributor to the South Australian State Trauma Registry.
There is ongoing teaching provided for internal RAH staff as well as for staff from the other campuses of the Central Northen Area Health Service. In addition specific trauma management courses are run for medical and nursing staff from rural areas of South Australia.
The Trauma Service is supportive of, and actively involved in, Trauma Research. Some relevant publications are listed on our publications page.