Kangaroo Island Health Service

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Kangaroo Island Health Service

For all emergencies phone 000

Postal address: 5 Esplanade Kingscote SA 5223 

Kangaroo Island Health Service provides acute services ranging from in-hospital care for adults and children by local general practitioners to specialist surgical, obstetrics, and outpatients.

Patients may commence their stay at Kangaroo Island Health Service but finish their care at one of the neighbouring hospitals with specialist medical or allied health input when required. All hospitals in the region work collaboratively to support the patient care needs of the region.

Kangaroo Island Health Service Master Plan

The Kangaroo Island Health Service Master Plan Summary Report will help guide the future development of health and aged care services at the Kangaroo Island Health Service.

The Master Plan explores a range of future service opportunities to meet the changing health needs of Kangaroo Island residents over the next 15 years.

The Kangaroo Island Health Advisory Council is a key stakeholder that has driven the master planning process, providing a major funding contribution of $40,000 towards its development, coordinating community consultation.

The Master Plan proposes staged expansion and redevelopment opportunities to the current hospital, including new build projects to increase ambulatory and aged care services that will help deliver care closer to home.

In developing the Master Plan, we worked together with the community and clinicians to ensure we designed a health service that is tailored to meet the growing health and aged care needs of Kangaroo Island residents, now and into the future.

Kangaroo Island Community Outreach Nurse Practitioner Program

The Australian Government is funding a Kangaroo Island Community Outreach Program that is providing two Nurse Practitioner roles, which are being recruited and managed by the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network.

The program will support the delivery of accessible, high-quality, patient-centred care, that is free.

Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses with the experience, expertise and authority to diagnose and treat people of all ages with a variety of acute or chronic health conditions.

They have completed, or in the case of Nurse Practitioner Candidates, nearly completed, additional university study at master’s degree level.

Nurse Practitioners are endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and are the most senior and independent clinical nurses in our health care system, with over 2,250 in Australia (30% working in rural and remote areas).

The Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Practitioner Candidate will be available to people with chronic and/or complex health and wellbeing needs, including those who, due to barriers, may currently not be accessing health services.

A Nurse Practitioner Candidate commenced on 5 September 2022 and recruitment of a Nurse Practitioner is still in progress.

We invite you to provide feedback on these roles via our online feedback form or by contacting our Nursing and Midwifery Advisor, Alice Steeb on 0466 944 067.

COVID-19 information and testing

For information on the COVID-19 drive-through testing site go to the Kangaroo Island Health Service COVID-19 testing clinic page. For general information on COVID-19 see:

Due to COVID-19, changes to services, visiting hours and visitor access now apply.

Accident and emergency services

In a medical emergency phone 000 and await ambulance attendance

When you arrive at the Kangaroo Island Health Service accident and emergency service, you will be seen by a nurse to collect information and assess your illness or injury prior to seeing a doctor.

Mental health emergencies

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency you can present to the accident and emergency service at Kangaroo Island Health Service. 

Alternatively, contact the Rural and Remote Mental Health Service on 13 14 65 for mental health counselling, support and information 24 hours, 7 days.

Visitor access

For the latest visitor guidelines, visit Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network response to Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

For information and updates on COVID-19:

Car parking

Parking is available at the front of the hospital as well as additional parking on The Esplanade. There is also disabled parking on site.

Disabled access

Kangaroo Island Health Service has full disability access. If you have special needs and are unsure, please contact reception who will assist you with your specific enquiry.

Services at our hospital

Services at our hospital include general medical and surgical care, chemotherapy, day surgery, obstetrics and outpatient services.

Surgical services and specialists

The list of specialists who provide surgical services at Kangaroo Island Health Service is provided to assist GPs and members of the community with information about each specialist, including an indication of procedures performed, referral information, and the location of their consulting rooms.

The information listed has been provided by each specialist.

Information about surgeons can be found on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons website ‘Find a Surgeon’ directory. The listing includes surgeons who meet the requirements of the College’s Continuing Professional Development program and have opted to be on the list.