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Publish date: 1 April 2022 

SA Health has a number of patient administration systems that have different reporting capabilities for outpatient waiting list information. As a result, 
the quality, accuracy and consistency of outpatient data is a significant challenge. SA Health is continuing to undertake initiatives which improve the 
quality, reliability and availability of information. 

Public  I1 - A1  
 

   

 

SA Health Specialist Outpatient Clinics Waiting Time Report 

Census date as at 31 December 2021 

This report details metropolitan specialist outpatient waiting times for Routine (category 2) and Non-urgent (category 

3) patients who have not been given an appointment date at the census date (i.e. are unscheduled).  

The Report promotes greater transparency and supports South Australians to make an informed decision when 

discussing care and treatment options with their health practitioner. 

Legend:    

RAH - Royal Adelaide Hospital | TQEH - The Queen Elizabeth Hospital | LMH - Lyell McEwin Hospital |MH   Modbury Hospital | 

FMC - Flinders Medical Centre | NHS - Noarlunga Hospital | WCH - Women s and Children s Hospital 

N/A:  Data not available, NSC: data not statistically calculable, * One wait list   multiple site service 

 

Outpatient Specialty Hospital 
Median 

Waiting Time 
(Months) 

Maximum 
Waiting Time 

(Months) 

Breast 

RAH 2 4 

TQEH 0 0 

LMH 0 0 

MH 0 0 

Cardiology 

RAH 15 67 

TQEH 3 6 

LMH 4 16 

NHS* 4 12 

WCH 2 4 

Cardiothoracic 
RAH 0 0 

FMC 0 0 

Craniofacial 
RAH 6 27 

WCH 3 17 

Dermatology 

RAH 2 14 

TQEH 14 47 

FMC 9 31 

WCH 2 14 

Developmental Disability WCH 8 21 

Ear, nose and throat (ENT) 

RAH 24 82 

TQEH 3 51 

LMH 20 52 

MH 22 41 

FMC 9 38 

WCH 10 36 

Endocrinology 

RAH 15 86 

TQEH 11 62 

LMH 4 19 

MH 5 30 

FMC * 11 45 

WCH 1 2 

  
 



Publish date: 1 April 2022 

SA Health has a number of patient administration systems that have different reporting capabilities for outpatient waiting list information. As a result, 
the quality, accuracy and consistency of outpatient data is a significant challenge. SA Health is continuing to undertake initiatives which improve the 
quality, reliability and availability of information. 

Public  I1 - A1  
 

 

Outpatient Specialty Hospital 
Median 

Waiting Time 
(Months) 

Maximum 
Waiting Time 

(Months) 

Epilepsy RAH 23 69 

Gastroenterology 

RAH 1 25 

TQEH 25 78 

LMH * 13 27 

FMC * 22 81 

WCH 2 7 

General Medicine 

RAH 1 2 

TQEH 2 6 

LMH 0 0 

MH 0 0 

FMC 6 22 

NHS 5 12 

General Surgery 

RAH 1 54 

TQEH 11 80 

LMH 13 27 

MH 3 5 

FMC * 14 71 

Genetics  
RAH 1 37 

WCH - - 

Geriatric Medicine 

RAH 2 10 

TQEH 2 14 

MH 1 4 

FMC 2 37 

Gynaecology 

RAH 0 10 

TQEH 1 32 

LMH 13 28 

MH 5 21 

FMC * 20 56 

WCH 6 27 

Gynaecology Oncology 

RAH 0 0 

LMH 0 0 

FMC 9 20 

Haematology 

RAH 0 0 

TQEH 0 0 

LMH 6 16 

FMC * 6 38 

WCH 1 6 

 

 

 



Publish date: 1 April 2022 

SA Health has a number of patient administration systems that have different reporting capabilities for outpatient waiting list information. As a result, 
the quality, accuracy and consistency of outpatient data is a significant challenge. SA Health is continuing to undertake initiatives which improve the 
quality, reliability and availability of information. 

Public  I1 - A1  
 

Outpatient Specialty Hospital 
Median 

Waiting Time 
(Months) 

Maximum 
Waiting Time 

(Months) 

Hepatobiliary 
RAH &lt; 1 18 

TQEH 3 16 

Immunology 

RAH 12 40 

FMC *  18 57 

WCH 7 34 

Infectious diseases 

RAH 3 9 

TQEH &lt; 1 2 

LMH 1 1 

FMC 2 45 

WCH 2 4 

Medical Oncology (consultation) 

RAH &lt; 1 1 

TQEH 0 0 

LMH 0 0 

FMC 8 38 

WCH &lt; 1 3 

Metabolic WCH 0 0 

Nephrology 

RAH 0 0 

LMH 10 25 

MH 6 10 

FMC * 11 34 

WCH 2 5 

Neurology 

RAH 17 74 

TQEH 9 79 

LMH 2 3 

MH 2 4 

FMC 13 54 

WCH 8 34 

Neurosurgery 

RAH 15 86 

FMC 35 77 

WCH 1 3 

Ophthalmology 

RAH 15 89 

TQEH 25 86 

MH 22 51 

FMC * 10 81 

WCH 14 43 

Orthopaedics 
 
  

RAH 10 89 

TQEH 25 74 

LMH 19 48 

MH 12 42 

NHS * 8 52 

WCH 2 6 

Paediatric medicine 

LMH * 9 33 

FMC 6 54 

WCH 4 15 

 



Publish date: 1 April 2022 

SA Health has a number of patient administration systems that have different reporting capabilities for outpatient waiting list information. As a result, 
the quality, accuracy and consistency of outpatient data is a significant challenge. SA Health is continuing to undertake initiatives which improve the 
quality, reliability and availability of information. 

Public  I1 - A1  
 

Outpatient Specialty Hospital 
Median 

Waiting Time 
(Months) 

Maximum 
Waiting Time 

(Months) 

Paediatric surgery 
FMC 19 35 

WCH 0 0 

Pain Management 

RAH 0 0 

TQEH 7 29 

MH 4 5 

FMC * 3 29 

WCH 4 10 

Palliative Care 

RAH 0 0 

TQEH 0 0 

MH 0 0 

FMC 0 0 

WCH &lt; 1 1 

Plastic &amp; Reconstructive Surgery 

RAH 11 60 

TQEH 16 82 

MH 11 32 

FMC 25 80 

WCH &lt; 1 2 

Psychiatry 

RAH 1 23 

TQEH 0 0 

FMC 3 6 

WCH 3 22 

Radiation Therapy (consultation) 
TQEH 0 0 

WCH 0 0 

Rehabilitation - Medicine 

TQEH - - 

MH 3 7 

FMC 22 49 

WCH 2 8 

Respiratory 

RAH 6 7 

TQEH 24 50 

LMH 6 22 

MH 6 10 

FMC * 10 42 

WCH 6 2 

Respiratory   Cystic Fibrosis WCH 0 0 

Rheumatology 

RAH 1 19 

TQEH 3 16 

LMH 9 21 

MH 11 25 

FMC 12 44 

WCH 2 2 

  



Publish date: 1 April 2022 

SA Health has a number of patient administration systems that have different reporting capabilities for outpatient waiting list information. As a result, 
the quality, accuracy and consistency of outpatient data is a significant challenge. SA Health is continuing to undertake initiatives which improve the 
quality, reliability and availability of information. 

Public  I1 - A1  
 

Outpatient Specialty Hospital 
Median 

Waiting Time 
(Months) 

Maximum 
Waiting Time 

(Months) 

Sleep Disorders 

RAH 6 41 

TQEH 6 25 

LMH 10 33 

MH 4 10 

FMC * 16 55 

WCH - 28 

Spinal 

RAH 2 22 

TQEH 0 0 

WCH 0 3 

Urology 

RAH 24 83 

TQEH 17 56 

LMH 13 45 

MH 4 10 

FMC * 25 84 

WCH 3 12 

Vascular Surgery 

RAH 9 39 

TQEH 5 6 

LMH 3 10 

MH 6 11 

FMC *  11 52 

 


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