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Geriatric Medicine

 

The Geriatric medicine clinics at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) are a part of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) geriatric service.

The clinics offer public and private (Medicare bulk billed) services for older people.

Services include:

  • General Geriatric Clinic
  • Memory Clinic
  • Falls Clinic
  • Stroke Follow-up Clinic

Please view the Geriatrics clinic outpatient service in CALHN web page for more information.

For more information regarding the CALHN multidisciplinary community (and inpatient) geriatric service click here.

Appointment location at RAH

Outpatient Department, Level 3.
RAH Port Road SA 5000

Consultants at RAH

  • Dr Haresh Arunasalam
  • Dr Ishita Batta
  • Dr Alice Bourke
  • Dr Toby Commerford
  • Dr Bruno Franchi
  • Dr Chloe Furst
  • Dr Jessica Huang
  • Dr Alicia Innis
  • Dr Michelle Kee
  • Dr Deepal Lecamwasam
  • Dr Ayesha Mohamed
  • Dr Ashlesha Vaidya

CALHN Memory Service

  • Dr Alice Bourke (geriatrician)
  • Dr Alicia Innis (geriatrician)
  • Dr Cathy Short (neurologist)
  • Dr Jon Symon (psychiatrist)

Named referrals are preferred.

Referrals

General geriatric clinic – Memory clinic – Rapid access clinic

Telephone: 1300 153 853

Fax: (08) 7074 6247

We accept GP and specialist referrals to this service.

  • Please define your referral reason so that it can be triaged to the appropriate service.
  • To ensure appropriate and timely triage, include all demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results.
  • If you are concerned about any delay of the appointment or if there is any deterioration in your patient’s condition, contact the Registrar on-call via (08) 7074 0000 and ask to speak to the geriatric Registrar on call.
  • All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency.
  • Patients who are unstable and requiring immediate assessment should be sent directly to the Emergency Department.
  • For urgent referrals, also contact the registrar on call to discuss the case. Our registrars are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • Falls assessment clinic can be referred directly to the Falls Clinic – see below.
Community Falls Prevention Service

Fax: 1300 724 900

Falls assessment clinics provide multi-disciplinary assessment and management for older people with complex falls related presentations.

The falls clinic is held at Sefton Park

Referral

For your convenience, a referral form for the falls assessment clinic is available below:

Eligibility

Patients are eligible if the client consents, is willing to adopt recommended strategies and interventions, and:

  • is living in the CALHN region
  • is aged 65 years or older, or 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)
  • has a history two or more falls in the past 12 months or one fall with a serious injury
  • has multiple co-morbidities
  • has not had a recent review by a geriatrician or multidisciplinary program
  • does not have an acute fracture or acute illness (is medically stable).

Note: permanent residents of high level care are not eligible for this service

More information

Post discharge guidelines and information

For those in a residential aged care facility a new referral can be faxed as above and if possible a review in the Residential Aged Care Facility will be done.

As only the GP referral is available to the specialist at the time of triage, please provide detailed information about the clinical situation. Inadequate information to triage will lead to significant delays in assessing the referral and may result in the referral being returned to you for more information.

Health Pathways

Health Pathways South Australia is an online portal designed to be used by general practice at the point of care to guide best practice assessment, management and referral of common clinical conditions.

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