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Is the emergency department the best place for you?

If not, there are other options

Is the emergency department the best place for you?


Before visiting an emergency department or calling Triple Zero (000), consider if there’s a better way to get better.

Not sure of your best health care option? Call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 (24 hours, 7 days).

Do you have a cough or a cold? See your GP or make an appointment at a respiratory clinic.

If it is an emergency and you are severely unwell, such as difficulty breathing at rest or chest pain, call Triple Zero (000).

Here are some health care options near the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

GP Respiratory Clinics

GP Respiratory Clinics offer free face-to-face and telehealth assessment for people with respiratory symptoms.

The closest clinic to the RAH is the:

Adelaide Central Respiratory Clinic
12 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside (enter via rear of premises through car park off Chinner Avenue)

Book online with Adelaide Central Respiratory Clinic or call (08) 8490 6971

General practices

If your regular GP is unavailable, consider seeing another GP or ask about Telehealth.

Many GPs are open after hours and on weekends and some offer bulk billing, which means services can be provided at no cost.

Here are some GP clinics located near the RAH:

UniSA Medical Clinic, 1300 172 996
City West Campus, 27 North Terrace, Adelaide.
City East Campus, Level 2 Centenary Building, North Terrace, Adelaide.
Contact UniSA Medical Clinics.

City Clinic 7 Day and Night, 1/160 Grote Street, Adelaide. 8241 1199
Contact City Clinic 7 Day and Night.

City Medical Centre, 1/180 Grote Street, Adelaide. 8120 1888
Contact City Medical Centre.

Banu Clinic, East Adelaide Medical Centre, Level 2, Suite 18, 50 Hutt Street, Adelaide. 8356 7321
Contact Banu Clinic.

South Road Day / Night Surgery, 238, South Road, Mile End. 8352 8477
Contact the South Road Day / Night Surgery.

Norwood Village Medical and Dental Centre, 201-203 The Parade Norwood. 8425 1333
Contact the Norwood Village Medical and Dental Centre.

Hindmarsh Bowden Health, 334 Port Road, Hindmarsh. 8417 7700
Contact Hindmarsh Bowden Health.

Western Clinic Medical Centre, 152-154 Henley Beach Road. 8443 9611
Contact the Western Clinic Medical Centre.

Mental health

In a mental health emergency:

Mental Health Triage Service
Available 24 hours, 7 days. 13 14 65

Urgent Mental Health Care Centre
08 8448 9100, 215 Grenfell Street, Adelaide.
Available 24 hours, 7 days.

A comprehensive range of other mental health services are provided through community health centres and hospitals and in-home.


Pharmacies are a great source of free health information. Appointments are not usually needed and information about how to treat minor illnesses and injuries can generally be provided quickly and easily.

Many pharmacies are open late, on weekends and public holidays. To find a local pharmacy, including those that are open after hours, visit the heathdirect service finder, call 1800 022 222 or visit Adelaide PHN Adelaide After Hours service finder.

TerryWhite Chemmart
Royal Adelaide Hospital (Level 3). 8212 3296

187 Franklin Street, Adelaide. 8211 7044

Central Station Pharmacy
52-54 Hindley Street, Adelaide. 8231 8834

Allied health

Allied health professionals can help with a range of medical issues, including sprains, muscle pain, eye conditions, and many other medical conditions.

To find an allied health professional, visit the heathdirect service finder.

To find out more about the SA Government’s Better Care Options Campaign visit the SA Health website.

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