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Outpatient referrals


All referrals received by outpatient clinics will be reviewed to determine the clinical urgency of the patient’s condition. All appointments are scheduled based on patient clinical need.

Wait times for an outpatient appointment will vary depending on the level of demand for the service.

How to access this service

All patients require a valid referral prior to receiving treatment in an outpatient clinic.

From Monday 4 September outpatient referrals should be faxed the number below and outpatient phone enquiries directed to the Outpatient Call Centre. 

Outpatient Call Centre                                   

1300 153 853

Please note, the Call Centre should not be utilised for a select number of services. A phone number for each of these services is listed below:

  • Haematology - 7074 4100
  • Oncology - 7074 0650
  • Respiratory (Chest Clinic) - 8222 5690
  • Pain Management Clinic - 8222 5403
  • Renal - 7074 4790

Outpatient Referral Fax Number                              

(08) 7074 6247 

  • Renal - 7074 6060
  • Cancer - 7074 6220
  • Respiratory - 8222 5398

Referrals must be submitted in writing and should contain the required minimum data to ensure timely and appropriate decision making.

To assist this process a statewide referral form has been developed (in long and short versions) and is available to download below, or on the SA Health website.

Outpatient Activity Ramp Down

In preparation for the move to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital there was a controlled reduction in outpatient activity over the months prior.

These activity reductions were achieved through prioritising clinically urgent appointments and deferring bookings of non-urgent patients until semi-urgent activity is recommenced on 23 October 2017.

A reduction in the number of booked appointments after the clinical move provide staff with time to adjust to a new working environment, new patient flows, different workforce models and new electronic patient management systems, before activity increases to normal levels.

To find out more, visit our Information for GPs page.

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