As Geriatricians and aged care specialists, we diagnose and treat conditions that are common in older patients.
These may include specific problems such as memory issues, problems with falls and movement, incontinence and other general health conditions and geriatric syndromes.
A Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) is usually carried out to assess and treat a variety conditions, so we can help and improve our patients' physical and mental health, independence and quality of life.
We aim to provide a holistic and personalised approach for each patient.
Our specialised team works in a variety of clinical settings and include:
- consultant specialist geriatricians
- nurse consultants
- trainee doctors
- specialist nurses and therapists.
Services we provide include:
- EDGE team (Emergency Department Geriatrics Over-Eighty) – an acute geriatric service similar to the Acute Medical Unit aimed at older patients
- Inpatient Geriatric Ward – for older patients requiring more specialised geriatric care
- Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) unit at Hampstead Centre
- Geriatric Rehabilitation at Hampstead Centre
- Specialist Geriatric unit at Hampstead Centre - caring for patients with BSPD due to dementia
- Ortho-geriatric service – a shared-care model caring for older patients presenting with a fractured hip
- Care Awaiting Placement (CAPS) in a residential aged care facility (Lourdes Valley and Hampstead Centre)
- Consult liaison services
We also offer community-based outreach services including:
Geriatrics In-The Home (GITH)
Referrals to GITH are considered for:
- Over 65 years or older, or 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) who reside in the CALHN catchment area
- Have potential for improvement in health and function within the duration of GITH (around 10 days)
- Require a multidisciplinary approach
- Have access to a telephone at home
- It must be safe for staff to visit the patient at home
Multi-disciplinary Community Geriatric Service (MCGS)
See the MCGS fact sheet for information on referrals to this multi-disciplinary service, based at Hampstead.
What to bring to your appointment
Patients attending clinic appointments within our services are encouraged to bring:
- A close family member or carer for collateral information gathering
- Your Medicare and/or Pension cards
- A list of current medications/Webster packs
- Any results for recent tests – including blood tests and X-rays/scans
- Completed questionnaire form that was sent out with your appointment letter (if relevant)
- Glasses, hearing aids and any walking aids.
Get more information on attending specialist outpatient appointments:
- CALHN Specialist outpatient clinics FAQs (PDF)
- CALHN outpatient clinical appointments: patient information and responsibilities (PDF)
Adelaide clinic locations
- Adelaide Day Surgery
Outpatient Department, Ground floor
18 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000
(Opposite side of North Terrace to the RAH)
Clinics at this location:
> Memory and cognitive clinic (CALHN Memory service)
> General geriatrics and aged care clinic
> Rapid access clinic
- Sefton Park Intermediate Care
Clinic at this location:
> Falls clinic
Regional clinic locations
Patients are also seen outside of the Adelaide metro area at our sites located at:
- Mt Barket Community Centre, Geriatrician Clinic
Country Health Connect: Barossa, Hills and Fleurieu Region
87 Wellington Road, Mt Barker 5251
- Port Augusta Hospital
Port Augusta, 5700
Access to our outpatient clinic services require a written referral from a GP.
This will need to be faxed or emailed to the RAH OPD Central Hub.
Referrals are then triaged according to clinical urgency.
An appointment date and time will be made and posted out to patients with information on the clinic they have been triaged to.
We do NOT accept referrals for capacity assessments.
Telephone referral: 1300 153 853
Fax referral: (08) 7074 6247
Email referral: healthrahOPDreferrals@sa.gov.au
Internal referrals should utilise M60.