Outpatient Specialist Clinics

Urgent referrals

For urgent referrals, please contact the relevant specialty on-call clinician through Flinders Medical Centre switchboard on (08) 8204 5511 to discuss early review.

Routine referrals

Routine referrals to Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) Outpatient specialist clinics should be made by faxing the referral to the relevant clinic using the standard template (or the clinic specific template if available).

On receipt, routine referrals are triaged to determine their urgency level, which may take up to a few weeks. This triaging process varies between departments and is greatly facilitated by referrals being aligned with the SALHN outpatient referral guidelines if available. Referral guidelines have been developed by some specialities and outline triage categories as well as essential clinical information to allow for safe clinical triaging in a safe and consistent manner. The referring doctor may be asked to provide additional clinical information to assist with the triaging process if essential clinical information needs to be clarified.

Contact is usually made back via letter to the referring doctor and the patient after the referral has been triaged. A letter is usually posted to the patient 3 weeks before the appointment date to confirm appointment details.

The status of each referral can be checked by calling the relevant clinic or by contacting the Outpatient Support Service Liaison Nurse. A report outlining waiting times per specialty is available in the Specialist Outpatient Waiting Times Report which provides an indication of usual wait times (scroll down for latest report).

Additional clinical guidance with suggested GP management and referral pathways can be found at HealthPathways SA or through additional clinical support options. This may assist while the referral is being triaged and/or the patient is waiting to be seen. Further information can be found on the Outpatient Referral Process page.

SALHN Outpatient clinic list

SALHN Clinic Directory: SALHN Outpatient Clinics
Summary of the clinics: SALHN Outpatient specialist clinic list and contact details (PDF 76KB)

Amendments to be included in next update of the SALHN Outpatient specialist clinic list:

  • Haematology Clinic: Phone: 8404 2151, Fax: 8404 2152

  • Older Person's Mental Health (Community team): Phone: 7117 5037, Fax: 7117 5081

  • Hypertension Clinic (which also sees patient for assessment of cardiovascular risk, hypotension and post partum management of hypertension in women with pre-eclampsia) - only operates out of Marion GP Plus: Phone 8204 5173, Fax: 8204 6105

  • Statewide Eating Disorder Service: referring instructions, including Brief Guide to the Medical Monitoring of Patients with an Eating Disorder (PDF 64KB) and SEDS Referral Form

  • Paediatric Clinics:

    • Additional paediatric clinics

      • Paediatric Diabetes, Eating Disorders, Feeding Assessment, Rapid response asthma, Respiratory and Sleep clinicsPh: 8204 4910 - Fax: 8204 4911

      • Children’s Assessment Team (CAT) - developmental assessment service for children living in the Southern Adelaide Metropolitan Region with complex developmental concerns in three or more areas Child Assessment Team - CAT Referral Form (.DOCX 3.71MB) (includes inclusion / exclusion criteria and map of catchment area), Ph:  8204 4433, Fax: 8204 3945, email : HealthFMCCAT@sa.gov.au

      • Paediatric Child Protection concerns -  Please contact the Child Protection on-call duty worker through FMC Switchboard 24/7 on (08) 8204 5511

    • Please note that the Paediatric Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Rehabilitation clinics are not currently available. Options are to refer to the General Paediatric clinic or to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital outpatient department for sub-specialty advice (please see WCHN Referral criteria for specialist Outpatient Services)

Other Mental Health Clinics accessible through referral

Booked Assessment Clinic

The Booked Assessment Clinic (BAC) is a ‘one-off’ non-urgent mental health assessment service for people with a defined or suspected mental health disorder (16yo to 65yo) residing in the southern suburbs.

FMC Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders

The Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders Unit (CARD) offers public services for people who require assessment for anxiety disorders.

SALHN Outpatient Referral Guidelines A-Z

SALHN Outpatient Referral and Management Guidelines (scroll down the page for listing).

Specialist Outpatient Waiting Time Report

Specialist Outpatient Waiting Time Report

SALHN Outpatient specialist clinics A-Z by location