Trauma - general surgery and surgical oncology outpatient service in CALHN

The Trauma/General Surgery and Surgical Oncology Unit at The Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) provide specialised assessment and care for people with the following conditions:

  • Trauma
  • Sarcoma and soft tissue tumours
  • Melanoma
  • Hernia surgery (including inguinal, femoral, umbilical, incisional and laparoscopic hernia repairs)
  • General surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery for Biliary, Colic and Cholecystitis

Appointment location

Outpatient clinics are held on Level 3 (ground floor) of the RAH.

Our clinic is located at Level 3F.1

Royal Adelaide Hospital
1 Port Road SA 5000

RAH Outpatient map


  • Dr Christopher Dobbins – Head of Unit
  • Dr Cea Cea Moller
  • Dr Peter Bautz
  • Dr Richard Smith
  • A/Prof Brendan Coventry
  • Dr Robert Whitfield
  • Dr Shivangi Jog


Clinics are held at the RAH weekly. Appointments are referral base only and we offer public and private (Medicare bulk billed) services.

Rapid access clinics run in conjunction with above services.

GP and referral information

Refer your patient

Fax referrals to the department.

Fax: (08) 7074 6247 

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 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/Fellow to discuss the case. Telephone 1300 153 853

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 (08) 7074 0000 (RAH).

Discharge guidelines and information

Patients whose medical condition has stabilised or resolved and for whom no further appointment has been made will be formally discharged. If medical 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 for more information.

Health Pathways

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.

Patient information

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.