Triple zero (000) or ED
Emergency Departments are for emergency or life-threatening conditions such as:
- Heart attack or chest pain
- Heavy bleeding
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe abdominal pain
- Trouble breathing.
In an emergency, always call triple zero (000) for an ambulance. Ambulances are the safest way to be assessed, treated and transported to the right hospital for care needed. Triple zero (000) is a free call from any phone, mobile or phone box. Visit ambulance and emergency services to find out more about calling triple zero (000).
For less severe but still urgent situations, go to an Emergency Department.
There are seven public hospital Emergency Departments in metropolitan Adelaide and all are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Emergency Departments are located at:
- Flinders Medical Centre
- Lyell McEwin Hospital
- Modbury Hospital
- Noarlunga Hospital
- Royal Adelaide Hospital
- The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
- Women’s and Children’s Hospital (children’s emergency services and peri-natal emergency services for women)
Emergency medical care is also provided at some country hospitals. Use the A to Z of country hospitals and health services to find a service near you.
When arriving at an Emergency Department, a nurse will assess each patient so that the most seriously ill or injured patients can be prioritised for treatment. This means that patients with less urgent conditions may wait longer for treatment.
Other emergency health services
For assistance in a mental health emergency, contact the mental health triage service - telephone 13 14 65 available 24 hours, seven days a week. Other mental health services may also be useful.
SA Dental Service provides emergency dental services for eligible adults.
Not an emergency?
For minor illness or injury that is not an emergency, there are other treatment options that can be considered, such as visiting a General Practitioner (GP) or pharmacy. Going to the right place for your condition may mean being seen quicker and getting home sooner, ensuring emergency doctors and nurses are available for those who need them.
Many GPs and pharmacies are open after hours and on weekends.
To find a local General Practice or pharmacy, including those that bulk bill or are open after hours, visit the National Health Service Directory*.
Other specialist health services may also be useful.
Babies, children and the elderly
Some conditions that are not life-threatening for an adult can be more serious for babies, children and the elderly. If you are unsure or concerned, phone or visit a GP or go to the Emergency Department.
Find out more about care for children and preventing illness.
This information is a guide only and is not intended to be individual medical advice and should not be considered medical advice, nor is it intended to replace consultation with a qualified doctor or other health care professional.
*The National Health Services Directory is not managed by SA Health and SA Health cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. For the most up to date information, contact the service provider directly.