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Trauma, general surgery & surgical oncology


The Trauma/General Surgery and Surgical Oncology Unit at The Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) provide specialised assessment and care for people with the following conditions:

  • Trauma
  • Sarcoma and soft tissue tumours
  • Melanoma
  • Hernia surgery (including inguinal, femoral, umbilical, incisional and laparoscopic hernia repairs)
  • General surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery for Biliary, Colic and Cholecystitis

Please view the Trauma - general surgery and surgical oncology outpatient service in CALHN web page for more information.

Appointment location at RAH

Outpatient Department, Level 3F.1
RAH, Port Road SA 5000

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 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/Fellow to discuss the case.

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 (08) 7074 0000 (RAH).

To make a referral

Fax: (08) 7074 6247
Telephone: 1300 153 853

Discharge guidelines and information

Patients whose medical condition has stabilised or resolved and for whom no further appointment has been made will be formally discharged. If medical assessment is required again, a new referral, explaining the reason should be faxed to us.

As only the GP referral is available to the specialist at the time of triage, simply requesting review without providing information about the problem is insufficient and will lead to significant delays in assessing the referral which will most likely be 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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