Referral to emergency

If any of the following are present or suspected, please refer the patient to the emergency department (via ambulance if necessary) or seek emergent medical advice if in a remote region.

  • acute aortic dissection
  • ruptured AAA
  • symptomatic AAA (abdominal, back pain, tenderness, compressive symptoms, distal embolisation)
  • thoracic aneurysm with chest/back pain
  • AAA ≥ 7 cm: please contact on call registrar to discuss clinical concerns

It is strongly advised that after hours presentations attend the Royal Adelaide Hospital or Flinders Medical Centre emergency departments.

For clinical advice, please telephone the relevant metropolitan Local Health Network switchboard and ask to speak to the relevant specialty service.

Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

Category 1 — appointment clinically indicated within 30 days

  • AAA ≥ 5cm
  • thoracic aneurysm ≥ 5cm
  • rapidly expanding AAA (same modality of examination) ≥ 1 cm per year

Category 2 — appointment clinically indicated within 90 days

  • AAA ≤ 5cm
  • thoracic aneurysm ≤ 5cm

Category 3 — appointment clinically indicated within 365 days

  • nil

For information on referral forms and how to import them, please view general referral information.

Essential referral information

Completion required before first appointment to ensure patients are ready for care. Please indicate in the referral if the patient is unable to access mandatory tests or investigations as they incur a cost or are unavailable locally.

  • identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • relevant social history, including identifying if you feel your patient is from a vulnerable population and/or requires a third party to receive correspondence on their behalf
  • interpreter requirements
  • complete past medical history
  • current medication list
  • smoking/vaping status - if active, strongly consider referral for smoking/vaping cessation
  • body mass index (BMI)
  • aneurysm diameter size
  • abdominal ultrasound OR imaging report confirming findings, include location and accession number

Additional information to assist triage categorisation

  • complete blood count (CBE)
  • urea, electrolytes and creatinine (UEC)
  • liver function tests (LFT)
  • estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)
  • glycated haemoglobin test (HbA1c)