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Emergency Department


The Emergency Department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) is the state’s only quaternary emergency service.

The RAH ED is one of the largest and most advanced in Australia, seeing more than 75,000 patients annually.

The ED at the RAH has increased capacity to treat emergency presentations, with additional cubicles and resuscitation bays.

The RAH ED has a critical role in South Australia’s disaster management protocols and the care of major trauma patients.

It is the state’s major referral centre for:

  • Intensive care
  • Spinal injuries
  • Neurosurgery
  • Hyperbaric medicine    
  • Renal  
  • Burns
  • Infectious diseases
  • Reconstructive surgery.

In addition to supporting care for complex medical, surgical and cancer patients, the ED provides services for:

  • mental health
  • toxicology
  • forensic sexual assault
  • Ambulatory / same day emergency care.

While providing primarily Adult Emergency Care, the ED also maintains facilities to deliver emergency paediatric and obstetric care.

The RAH is the largest trauma centre for the state, seeing over 1,800 major trauma cases annually, and is supported by these on-site specialist units:

  • cardiothoracic
  • neurosurgical
  • orthopaedic
  • burns
  • spinal injuries
  • hyperbaric medicine.

  The Burns, Spinal and Hyperbaric units are the sole referral units for SA and the Northern Territory.

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