Outpatient Referral Process
South Australian public hospital outpatient referral process guideline for clinicians.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Unit provides inpatient and outpatient services for patients in the Central Adelaide Local Area Health Network who suffer from adult degenerative foot and ankle disorders and lower limb fractures.
Clinic fax (for referrals): (08) 8222 7244 (area 3)
For all appointments: (08) 8222 7010 or (08) 8222 7030
Review / change of appointments: (08) 8222 7010 or (08) 8222 7030
The Foot and Ankle Outpatient clinic
Location: ground floor, area 3, Woodville SA 5011.
Outpatient Support Services
Location: level 6C – for booking appointments
Phone: (08) 8222 7010 or (08) 8222 7030.
General Foot & Ankle clinics provide assessment of the patient, an opinion regarding the key clinical issues and advice to the patient and referring practitioner. Treatment can be provided for a large spectrum of problems through both surgical and non-surgical techniques.
Patients are generally supervised by a consultant medical officer, who works closely with other relevant health professionals depending on the reason for referral and the patient’s ongoing care needs.
Dr Nancy Cullen
Dr Linda Ferris (alternate weeks)
Dr Chi Gooi (alternate weeks)
All adult degenerative. All adult foot and ankle disorders and injuries.
Dr Linda Ferris - New Referrals - as above.
Dr Nancy Cullen and Dr Chi Gooi - New Referrals - as above.
Preferred method of referral is by fax or letter.
Fax number: (08) 8222 7244
All referrals including those urgently requiring consultation must be in writing.
Please fax written referrals to (08) 8222 7244.
Non-urgent referrals will be allocated to the next available appointment. The waiting time may vary and be dependent on the demand for this service and the medical urgency of the patient’s condition. For non-urgent conditions please consider other options and do not refer to multiple providers regarding the same presenting complaint.
Should changes occur to a patient’s medical condition during the waiting time for an appointment, referrers should send updated clinical information.
Not all patients with foot and ankle conditions can be offered appointments in TQEH foot & ankle clinic.
In most cases, the key to appropriate management is a detailed history and examination.
Options for obtaining further information regarding various foot and ankle conditions and to provide guidance for assessment, investigations and management are listed under the foot & ankle clinical information sheets below.
Patients whose medical condition has stabilised or resolved and for whom no further appointment is necessary will be formally discharged.If foot and ankle assessment is required again, a new referral should be faxed to the foot & ankle clinic on (08) 8222 7244.
The following information sheets about presentations commonly seen in foot & ankle clinics provide the minimum information required for assessing a referral under the headings of eligibility, priority, differential diagnosis, clinical information and investigations required, pre-referral management strategies and discharge criteria.
There are also two general information sheets that have been developed to provide further information for patients.