Referral to emergency

If any of the following are present or suspected, please refer the patient to the emergency department (via ambulance if necessary) or seek emergent medical advice if in a remote region.

  • nil

For clinical advice, please telephone the relevant metropolitan Local Health Network switchboard and ask to speak to the relevant specialty service.

Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

Women's and Children's Health Network

Category 1 (appointment clinically indicated within 30 days)

  • reproductive counseling for fertility sparing options prior to cancer treatment

Category 2 (appointment clinically indicated within 90 days)

  • nil

Category 3 (appointment clinically indicated within 365 days)

  • all referrals for infertility for example but not limited to:
    • surgical management of hydrosalpinx
    • anovulation for ovulation induction (selected cases)
    • unexplained infertility (selected cases)

For more on outpatient referrals, see the general referral information.

Central Adelaide Local Health Network only accept referrals for people greater than 18 years of age.

Due to limitations in infrastructure and resources, the Women's and Children's Hospital cannot accommodate referrals for individuals with a body mass index equal to or greater than 45, as well as individuals over the age of 69 years of age.

Essential referral information

Completion required before first appointment to ensure patients are ready for care. Please indicate in the referral if the patient is unable to access mandatory tests or investigations as they incur a cost or are unavailable locally.

  • identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • relevant social history, including identifying if you feel your patient is from a vulnerable population and/or requires a third party to receive correspondence on their behalf
  • interpreter requirements
  • past medical/surgical/obstetric/psychosocial history
  • current medications and allergies
  • partners information including:
    • name
    • date of birth
    • semen analysis
  • menstrual history:
    • cycle, day/months
    • days of bleeding
  • regular periods:
    • day 21 serum progesterone level, 7 days before the next expected period
  • trans-vaginal/pelvic ultrasound


  • blood group and antibody screen
  • luteinizing hormone- day 2 to 5
  • prolactin
  • oestrodiol
  • thyroid stimulating hormone
  • follicle stimulating hormone

Sexually active people

Complete a sexually transmitted infection screen, including:

  • human immunodeficiency virus and syphilis serology
  • chlamydia and gonorrhoea which requires:
    • endocervical swab for culture and
    • endocervical polymerase chain reaction swab or urine sample

If suspected polycystic ovarian syndrome:

  • free androgen index
  • fasting blood glucose
  • total cholesterol
    • high-density cholesterol 
    • low-density cholesterol 
    • triglycerides 

Clinical management advice

Infertility is the failure to achieve pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected intercourse.

Patients who are seeking assistance with fertility issues will be directed to a different referral pathway than those experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss.

Clinical resources

Consumer resources