Geriatrics clinic outpatient service in CALHN

Geriatric Medicine outpatient services in Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) are held at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH).

Please view the following geriatric outpatient web pages for more information:

Outpatient appointment locations

RAH

Outpatient Department (OPD), Level 3. 
RAH, Port Road SA 5000 

TQEH

Aged and Extended Care Services
Location: Level 8B,
TQEH, Woodville SA 5011.

Consultants

RAH consultants

  • Dr Alice Bourke – Clinical lead
  • Dr Haresh Arunasalam
  • Dr Ishita Batta
  • Dr Toby Commerford
  • Dr Bruno Franchi
  • Dr Chloe Furst
  • Dr Jessica Huang
  • Dr Alicia Innis
  • Dr Deepal Lecamwasam
  • Dr Ayesha Mohamed
  • Dr Ashlesha Vaidya

TQEH consultants

  • Prof Renuka Visvanathan – Head of unit
  • Dr Pazhvoor Shibu
  • Dr Faizal Ibrahim
  • Dr Khai Tam
  • Dr Shailaja Nair
  • Dr Kareeann Khow
  • Dr Jason Ng
  • Dr Bavand Bikdelli
  • Dr Fin Cai

CALHN Memory Service consultants

  • Dr Cathy Short (neurologist)
  • Dr Alice Bourke (geriatrician)
  • Dr Alicia Innis (geriatrician)
  • Dr Jon Symon (psychiatrist)   

Descriptions of clinics

Memory clinics

  • These are part of the CALHN Memory Service and are weekly. Currently held at the RAH and TQEH

Falls clinics

  • This operates at Sefton Park Primary Health Care Services or TQEH fortnightly. See below for access information

Rapid access clinics

  • These clinics are set up to enable rapid assessment of patients that need to be seen more urgently.

Stroke (Rehabilitation) follow up clinic

  • These clinics are a Multidisciplinary Service including medical staff.
  • Patients who have had a stroke are reviewed in clinic 3, 6 and/or 12 months after a stroke.
  • Referrals are accepted from inpatient teams, ambulatory services and community services. 
  • Referrals can be made by email to Health:CALHN:HRC:SFUC 

General geriatric clinics

These clinics aim to look at the elderly with multiple comorbidities which do not fall into the clinics above.  This may be a combination of frailty, falls, cognitive issues and general medical issues. These clinics occur at:

  • RAH weekly
  • Adelaide Hills Community Health Service fortnightly
  • Port Augusta Hospital monthly

GP information - how to refer your patient

We accept GP and specialist referrals to this service. 

To refer your patient, complete and fax a referral to us. 
For urgent referrals, also contact the Registrar to discuss the case. 

All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency.
Patients who are unstable and requiring immediate assessment should be sent directly to the Emergency Department

To ensure appropriate and timely triage, include all demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results. 

If you are concerned about any delay of the appointment or if there is any deterioration in your patient’s condition, contact the Registrar on call on (08) 7074 0000 (RAH).

Falls assessment clinic can be referred directly to the Falls Clinic – see below.

To make a referral

RAH

Fax: (08) 7074 6247

Telephone: 1300 153 853

TQEH

Fax: (08) 8222 7188

Telephone: (08) 8222 7030

Community falls prevention service 

Telephone: (08) 8222 8867

Fax: 1300 724 900 

Community falls prevention service

Falls assessment clinics provide multi-disciplinary assessment and management for older people with complex falls related presentations.

Eligibility

Client consents, is willing to adopt recommended strategies and interventions, and:

  • is living in the CALHN region
  • is aged 65 years or older, or 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)
  • has a history two or more falls in the past 12 months or one fall with a serious injury
  • has multiple co-morbidities
  • has not had a recent review by a geriatrician or multidisciplinary program
  • does not have an acute fracture or acute illness (is medically stable).

Note: permanent residents of high level care are not eligible for this service

Discharge guidelines and information

For those in a residential aged care facility a new referral can be faxed as above and if possible a review in the Residential Aged Care Facility will be done.

As only the GP referral is available to the specialist at the time of triage, simply requesting review without providing information about the problem is insufficient and will lead to significant delays in assessing the referral which will most likely be returned to you for more information.

Health Pathways

Health Pathways South Australia is an online portal designed to be used by general practice at the point of care to guide best practice assessment, management and referral of common clinical conditions.

Patient information — how to access these services

Referral from your GP

You need a referral letter from your GP or medical practitioner to access these services.

Your doctor will need to fax your referral letter to us. We will be in contact with you within clinically recommended times, depending on waiting list length. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time.

Please refer to the information sheets below for information regarding the outpatient service.

Information sheets

Useful links for further information