Rheumatology outpatient services at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) Rheumatology outpatient services are provided at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH). The Rheumatology Unit provides inpatient and outpatient services for patients living in CALHN and rural areas who suffer from arthritis, inflammatory connective tissue disease and other musculoskeletal disorders.
- Clinic consultations for diagnostic and management
- Clinical Trials Centre
- Infusion Service
- Inpatient Consultations
- Inpatient Admission
- Joint aspiration / injection
- Rheumatological ultrasonography.
Rheumatology outpatients: c/o Orthopaedic and Rheumatology outpatients
Location: Outpatient Department
Outpatient Department, Ground Floor Area 2, Area 4
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Port Road SA 5000
Location: Rheumatology Department
5C Tower Block
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
28 Woodville Road, Woodville SA 5011
Consultants at TQEH
|Prof Catherine Hill – Head of Unit||Dr Rachel Black|
|A/Prof M Rischmueller||Dr Joanna Tieu|
|Dr Sam Whittle||Ms Heather van der Haak (Rheumatology Outpatient Nurse)|
|Dr Simon Burnet||Ms Christina Jukic (Rheumatology Infusion Nurse)|
A variety of ‘themed’ clinics according to the type of rheumatological condition operate Monday to Friday. This includes Rapid access clinics for emergency referrals.
- Rheumatoid arthritis clinic
- Spondylarthropathies clinic
- Pulmonary hypertension clinic
- Myositis / vasculitis clinic
- Connective tissue disease clinic
- General rheumatology clinic
- Gout / injection clinic
Although many rheumatological conditions require supervision from a rheumatologist long term, wherever possible, the objective of a rheumatology outpatient appointment is to provide an assessment of the patient, an opinion regarding the key clinical issues and advice to the patient and the referring practitioner over one to two visits followed by formal discharge from the clinic.
This particularly applies to slowly evolving conditions, which may have a longer waiting time for an appointment and for which specialised drug therapies and/or disease monitoring are not indicated.
Patients are generally seen by a Consultant Rheumatologist, either directly or in an overseeing role following inputs from a Registrar and/or a Specialist Nurse, depending on the reason for referral and the patient’s ongoing care needs.
Refer your patient
Fax referral to us
We accept GP and specialist referrals to this service.
All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency. Patients 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.
To make a referral
All referrals including those urgently requiring consultation must be in writing and a named referral is preferred. In many cases patients will be sent a request for a blood test to be performed prior to their appointment. This will assist both with assessment of urgency, and their initial clinic assessment.
Where consultation is “same day” urgent, the Rheumatology registrar or the on call Rheumatology consultant if after hours should be contacted - via telephone TQEH (08) 8222 6000 to discuss the patient. A written referral marked URGENT should then be faxed (08) 8222 7188 or sent with the patient if urgent assessment arranged.
|TQEH||Telephone: (08) 8222 6000
|Fax: (08) 8222 7188
Less urgent referrals
Preferred method of referral is by fax or letter.
|TQEH||Fax: (08) 8222 7188
|TQEH||Telephone: (08) 8222 7010
|Telephone: (08) 8222 7030
Non-urgent referrals will be allocation to the next available appointment. The waiting time for appointment will vary and be dependent on the demand for this service and the medical urgency of the patient’s condition.
How to access this clinic
Referral from your general practitioner (GP)
You need a referral letter from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.
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.
- Specialist outpatient clinics FAQs (PDF 255KB)
- Outpatient Clinic Appointments patient information and responsibilities (PDF 244KB)
Please refer to the outpatient map below and present to your designated clinic on the day of your appointment.
Useful links for further information
- Arthritis Australia
- Myositis Association Australia
- Scleroderma Australia
- Pulmonary Hypertension Association Australia
- Empowered - Arthritis Australia
- My Joint Pain – Arthritis Australia
- Arthritis SA – Ph: (08) 8379 5711
- Australian Rheumatology Association
Pulmonary arterial hypertension/scleroderma-access support
- Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PAH) Australia
- The Lung Foundation Australia – Free call: 1800 654 301
- Scleroderma Australia – Telephone: (02) 9990 5159