Liver and hepatology outpatient service in CALHN
The Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) Liver / hepatology Clinics offer public and private (Medicare bulk billed) services at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) and Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) for people with any symptom or disease associated with the liver including management of:
- Hepatitis C
- Hepatitis B
- Abnormal liver function
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Alcoholic liver disease
- Cirrhosis (including scarring of the liver) and complications
- Hepatocellular Carcinoma
- Immune and hereditary liver diseases
- Autoimmune liver disease
- Iron deficiency anaemia
- Fibroscan clinic
Services are also provided to patients referred from rural and remote areas via virtual clinics/telemedicine.
Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)
Outpatient Department, Level 3F, Wing 4.
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Port Road SA 5000
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH)
Outpatient Department, Area 1
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
28 Woodville Road, Woodville SA 5011
A named referral is preferred.
- Dr Eddie Tse – Head of Unit
- Dr John Bate
- Dr Stephanie Wong
- Dr Garry Nind
- Dr Marc LeMire
A named referral is preferred.
- Dr Ilmars Lidums – Head of Unit
- Dr Dep Huynh
- Dr Marcus Teo
- Dr Garry Nind
- Dr Richard Kimber
Clinics at RAH
- Clinics operate Monday and Friday for patients with various liver diseases
- Nurse Led clinic for fibroscan operate Tuesday morning and a Hepatitis C clinic on Monday afternoon
Clinics at TQEH
- Clinics operate Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings in conjunction with infectious diseases.
- Liver clinic operates Wednesday afternoons for patients with various liver diseases
- Nurse led clinics for fibroscan and viral hepatitis run parallel to the above clinics
Refer your patient
Fax GP and specialist referrals to us.
All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency. Patients who are unstable and requiring immediate assessment should be sent directly to the Emergency Department.
To refer your patient, follow the outpatient service information, triage and referral guidelines, complete and fax a referral to us. For urgent referrals, also contact the Registrar to discuss the case.
To ensure appropriate and timely triage, include all demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results.
If you are concerned about any delay of the appointment or if there is any deterioration in your patient’s condition, contact the Registrar on-call via the hospitals' switchboard telephone: (08) 7074 0000 (RAH) or (08) 8222 6000 (TQEH).
To make a referral
Fax: (08) 7074 6247
Telephone: 1300 153 853
Fax: (08) 8222 7188
Telephone: (08) 8222 7030
Hepatitis C treatment can be done without a hospital appointment. CALHN offers support with managing your patient in the community via the two options below:
- Complete the RAH Hepatitis C Remote consultation request (DOCX 90KB) form and fax form to: (08) 7074 2194. Alternatively you can send to our outpatient triage fax: (08) 7074 6247 for review.
Contact will be made once the form is reviewed and approved by a hepatologist.
- The HealthElink study is a prospective multicentre trial involving tertiary hospitals in South Australia, Northern Territory and Victoria in conjunction with referring GP’s.
HealthElink is a web based platform that will allow you to receive treatment management advice from your tertiary care team in real time. This includes a hepatologist and hepatology nurse consultant. The long term aim of this platform is to enable easier and faster access to specialist care for your patients. If you are interested in this method of consultation please login at http://www.healthelink.com.au
Discharge guidelines and information
Patients whose liver condition has stabilised or resolved and for whom no further appointment has been made will be formally discharged or integrated into a long term management plan. If a liver assessment is required again, a new referral, explaining the reason should be faxed to us.
As only the GP referral is available to the specialist at the time of triage, simply requesting review without providing information about the problem is insufficient and will lead to significant delays in assessing the referral which will most likely be returned to you for more information.
Health Pathways South Australia is an online portal designed to be used by general practice at the point of care to guide best practice assessment, management and referral of common clinical conditions.
- ASHM Guidelines – HCV
- ASHM Guidelines – HCB
- Gastroenterology Society of Australia, GESA
- American Gastroenterology Association, AGA
- American Association for the study of the Liver, AASLD
- European Association for the study of the Liver, EASL
- Hepatitis SA
- Hepatitis Australia
How to access that clinic
Referral from your 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.