Patient admissions to Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) are arranged following requests from either consultants with admitting rights or from doctors within the hospital.
Admissions and the Emergency Department are the two main areas that formally admit patients requiring same day or inpatient treatment.
The Admissions Office coordinates the admission of all elective patients and emergency patients from Outpatient Clinics.
Services at Flinders Medical Centre for public patients are free, although in some areas (eg dental) a co-payment by the patient is required. Although FMC is a public hospital, private patients are most welcome.
Health Insurance Classification
You have the choice of being treated as a public patient or a private patient at Flinders Medical Centre. You (or your agent) will be asked to sign a patient election form indicating your choice.
You would normally elect to be classified as a public patient if you do not have private health insurance. Your treatment will be carried out by doctors allocated by the hospital, under the direction of an appropriate specialist. All services will be provided free of charge.
At Flinders Medical Centre you can choose to be admitted as a private patient. Admission as a private patient has benefits for both you and the hospital. For more information please visit the Accounts and Charges page.
Ph: (08) 8204 5276
Fax: (08) 8204 3012
Location: Level 2 (top of stairs near main entrance)
Hours: 7.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday
Most patients who attend FMC for elective surgery will have an appointment in our Pre-Admission Unit.
During this visit you will discuss your planned surgery with a nurse, a surgical doctor and an anaesthetist. Some patients will see a pharmacist. You will have a chance to ask any questions you may have.
We will ask about your medical history, and the medications you take. Tests such as a blood test, an electrocardiogram (heart check) or an x-ray will be performed if required.
Please allow at least two hours for the visit. Some patients with more complex health histories may required longer than this.
A playroom near the clinic is available for children under eight years of age.
Pre-admission appointments are made through the Admission Office.
Ph: (08) 8204 5466 or (08) 8204 4126.
Please let the Admission office know if you need an interpreter for your pre-admission visit.
Clinical Service Coordinator - Angie Tomlin
Ph: (08) 8204 4668
Location: Level 1, near the main entrance
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.00pm
Day of Surgery Admission Unit (DOSA)
The function of the unit is to prepare you for your surgery on the day of your admission.
After your surgery you will go to the ward relevant to your surgery unless you are having day surgery in which case you will return to the DOSA unit recovery area. If you have special needs after your surgery you may go to the high dependency unit (Ward 5F on level 5) or the Intensive Care Unit on Level 3.
Your doctor will discuss this with you if this is expected.
Ph: (08) 8204 7375
Location: Level 3
Hours: Monday to Friday, 6.45am to 8.30pm