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Is the emergency department the best place for you?

If not, there are other options



Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) Rheumatology outpatient services are provided at Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH). The Rheumatology Unit provides inpatient and outpatient services for patients living in CALHN area who suffer from arthritis, inflammatory connective tissue disease and other musculoskeletal disorders.

Services are also provided to patients referred from rural and remote areas.

Services include:

  • Outpatient clinic consultations for diagnosis and management
  • Inpatient consultations
  • Inpatient admissions
  • Joint aspiration
  • Rheumatological ultrasonography.

Appointment location at RAH

RAH Level 3 OPD

Ground Floor
18 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000 (Building opposite side of the road to the RAH)

Please refer to the outpatient map below and present to your designated clinic on the day of your appointment.


A variety of ‘themed’ clinics according to the type of rheumatological condition operate Monday to Friday.

Rapid access clinics are held daily for emergency referrals.

The Unit collaborates closely with other specialist units in CALHN to provide a comprehensive service for the multi-systemic complications of these diseases. Detailed protocols for applying evidence-based, best practice care are in place for many conditions and are implemented with assistance from dedicated nursing, allied health and research professionals.

Refer your patient

Fax referral to us

We accept GP and specialist referrals to this service.

All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency. Patients requiring immediate assessment should be sent directly to the Emergency Department.

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 Rheumatology Registrar on (08) 7074 0000 (RAH) or (08) 8222 6000 (TQEH).

To make a referral

Fax: (08) 7074 6247

Telephone: (08) 7117 3008

Alternate care options

Not all patients with non-urgent conditions can be offered timely appointments in the CALHN Rheumatology clinics due to limited resources. In most cases the key to appropriate management is a detailed history and examination. Options for obtaining further information regarding various rheumatology conditions and to provide guidance for assessment, investigations and management are listed below under 'clinical information sheets'.

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.

Post-discharge guidelines and information

Patients whose condition has stabilised or resolved and for whom no further appointment has been made will be formally discharged. If there is deterioration in the clinical state requiring specialist input, a new referral, preferably a named referral (see consultant list) should be faxed to the Rheumatology Department.

Clinical information sheets

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