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Colorectal surgery


The Central Adelaide Colorectal Surgical Units of the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) provides inpatient and outpatient services for patients living in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) area who suffer from colorectal surgical disorders as well as a tertiary referral service for complex colorectal conditions from both South Australia and interstate. 

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

Children aged less than 18 years of age are usually managed by paediatric surgeons with referral to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. For those between the ages of 15 and 18 years, discussion with both adult and paediatric surgeons may be appropriate to determine the most appropriate referral pathway. 

For more information please view the Colorectal Surgery outpatient service in CALHN web page.

Consultants at RAH

  • Dr Michelle Thomas – Head of Unit
  • Dr Andrew Hunter
  • Dr James Moore
  • Dr Mark Lewis
  • A/Prof Tarik Sammour
  • Dr Matthew Lawrence

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 who are unstable and requiring immediate assessment should be sent directly to the Emergency and Trauma Centre

To refer your patient, follow the outpatient service information, triage and referral guidelines, complete and fax a referral to us. 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.

To make a referral:  

Fax: (08) 7074 6247

Telephone: 1300 153 853

Clinical features indicative or potentially serious pathology

  • Patients who have a palpable abdominal mass, malignant mass on rectal (PR) examination, radiological evidence of carcinoma or intra-abdominal abscess/sepsis.
  • Atypical rectal bleeding (including dark, admixed, associated with sustained altered bowel habit or significant weight loss).

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 the hospitals' switchboard telephone: (08) 7074 0000 (RAH).

Alternate care options

In most cases the key to appropriate management is a detailed history and examination.  Options for obtaining further information regarding various colorectal conditions and to provide guidance for assessment, investigations and management are listed in the related resources tab.  In some instances, links to fact sheets have been included in the table which outlines clinical criteria for referral.

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.

Clinical information sheets

The following information sheets about presentations commonly seen in colorectal clinics provide the minimum information required for assessing a referral under the headings of eligibility, priority, differential diagnosis, clinical information and investigations required, pre-referral management strategies and discharge criteria.

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