Orthotics and prosthetics outpatient service in CALHN
CALHN Orthotics and Prosthetics services are available through the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH), Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre (HRC), Day Rehabilitation Service (DRS) and State wide services – SA Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service and SA Spinal Cord Injury Service. Outreach services are provided to the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN).
The service plays a crucial role in the treatment of inpatients at CALHN sites and aims to assist in early stabilisation and mobilisation of these patients. In addition a comprehensive outpatient service is offered at TQEH with limited outpatient appointments available at the RAH.
The Prosthetic and Orthotics service provides the following:
- Acute prosthetic rehabilitation – including pre-surgery consultation, immediate post-operative care and peer support.
- Interim prosthetic program – provides new amputees with fitting of their first prosthetic limb, walking training and education as either in an inpatient at HRC or as an outpatient attending the Day rehabilitation service at TQEH. This service is delivered in a multi-disciplinary environment alongside other health professionals.
- Definitive prosthetic program – our program delivers lifelong prosthetic services for amputees living in the community with rapid access to other allied health, medical and nursing disciplines as required.
- Amputee clinic – our amputee clinic is held on Monday morning and Thursday morning at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site. This clinic provides prosthetic and medical review for amputees to ensure their prosthesis is working well and enabling early identification of any adjustments/maintenance that may be required.
- Orthotic inpatient services – we provide orthotic management for inpatients at the RAH, TQEH and HRC where it is required as part of their hospital stay.
- Orthotic outpatient services – we provide orthotic management for people living in the community. Orthotic services include assessment and the provision of a device for the management of trauma and injury, diabetic foot conditions, burns and other neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.
Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)
Outpatient Department, Level 3F
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Port Road SA 5000
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH)
Allied Health, ground floor, O15
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
28 Woodville Road, Woodville SA 5011
Clinics operate Monday – Friday with dedicated appointments each day for rapid access which includes urgent presentations for patients which require fracture management, urgent repairs & wound breakdown assessment.
Refer your patient
Fax referral to us
Referrals are accepted from all inpatient specialities across CALHN as well as specialist outpatient clinics, general practitioners (GP’s), allied health clinicians and other health care providers. Some outpatient services are provided on a fee for service basis for the provision of equipment.
The orthotic and prosthetic service within CALHN is a registered provider of services through the South Australian Artificial Limb Scheme (SA-ALS), National Disability Insurance Service (NDIS), Lifetime Support Agency (LSA), Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) and Work cover. We also partner with a number of Non-Government Organisation (NGO) to deliver community based services.
Outpatient clinics operate by appointment. All referrals are triaged and seen in order of priority or redirected to an alternate provider.
- CALHN Orthotics assessment request form (PDF 154 KB)
- CALHN Prosthetic Service referral form (DOC 52 KB)
To make a referral
Patients referred for items that are readily available for purchase in local pharmacies will not be offered an appointment.
Children requiring orthotic and prosthetic assessment should be referred to their local Health Network (LHN) or the service at the Women’s and Children Hospital.
- Fax: (08) 7074 6247
- Telephone: 1300 153 853
- Fax: (08) 8222 7138
- Telephone: (08) 8222 6734
- The Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association
- ISPO Australia
- Limbs 4 Life
- The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
- Polio 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.
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.