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Information last updated 17 November 2022
Acknowledgement
The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

Referrals to Outpatient Clinics

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital has a range of specialist outpatient clinics. Referral guidelines have been specifically developed for Medical Practitioners who are referring patients for outpatient care.

Helpful Information for Referring Clinicians

Contact details for WCH Outpatients

Paediatric Referrals

  • Fax referrals to the Administration Hub: 08 8161 6246
  • Phone: 08 8161 7399 for information regarding paediatric referrals received, waiting times, triage or to cancel appointment.

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Referrals

  • Fax referrals to the Administration Hub: 08 8161 6246
  • Patients are advised to call the Pregnancy SA Referral Line on 1300 368 820 to register her pregnancy and confirm participating hospital
  • Phone: 08 8161 7592 for information regarding gynaecology and obstetric referrals received, waiting times, triage or to cancel appointment
  • Obstetric Shared Care advice regarding WCH referrals, appointments, general advice – call the GP Obstetric Share Care team directly on: 08 8161 7493.

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Referrals

  • Referrals are made via the referral and triage service CAMHS Connect on 1300 222 647.
  • Or Fax referrals directly to CAMHS: 08 8429 6184
  • CAMHS locations

Referral Forms

Please use the WCH referral forms and templates located on the Referral Forms for WCH Outpatient Clinics page.

Waiting List Information

Some clinics are experiencing long wait times due to high demand. Please discuss with your patient and consider all referral options. The SA Health Outpatient Waiting Time Report provides a guide to waiting list times:

Alternative Services can be found at:

Catchment Area Information
  • Please refer patients to their local health network hospital where services are available (see below for comprehensive list).
  • Paediatric and Maternity services are also available at Lyell McEwin Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and some rural hospitals.
  • Gynaecology and colposcopy services are also available at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and some rural hospitals.

Most clinics are guided by the Local Area Maps outlined below:

For patients residing in the SAHLN region, please refer to Flinders Medical Centre / Noarlunga Health Service for:

Paediatric

  • Child Development Unit
  • General Paediatric Medicine
  • Paediatric Allergy and Immunology
  • ENT (5 years and over)
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatric Neurology
  • Paediatric Ophthalmology
  • Paediatric Respiratory
  • Paediatric Cardiology (WCHN outreach)
  • Genetics (WCHN outreach)

Women's

  • General Gynaecology
  • Colposcopy
  • Vulval Clinic
  • Family Advisory Clinic
  • Obstetrics
Full list of SALHN Paediatric OPD clinics:

For patients residing in the NALHN region please refer to Lyell McEwin Hospital/ Modbury Hospital for:

Paediatric

  • General Paediatric Medicine
  • ENT (5 years and over)
  • Child Development Unit (8 years and under)
  • Orthopaedics

Women's

  • General Gynaecology
  • Obstetrics
  • Colposcopy

Full list of NALHN Paediatric OPD clinics:

WCH Outpatient Clinics with Referral Guidelines

The WCH paediatric, obstetric and gynaecology clinics are listed alphabetically below. Click on the relevant clinic for referral information.

If you consider your patient has an urgent issue, please consider contacting the relevant team for discussion via switch on 8161 7000.

Please use the WCH referral forms and templates located on the Referral Forms for WCH Outpatient Clinics page.

Allergy and Immunology
Audiology and Allied Health
  • GPs – please refer to WCHN South Terrace Campus
  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital generally only accepts internal referrals.
  • Country SA visiting clinics: Kangaroo Island, Mt Gambier, Murry Bridge, Riverland, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Whyalla
  • Additional clinics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: Coober Pedy, Ceduna, Point Pearce
  • The Children’s Audiology Service accepts referrals from doctors, CaFHS Nurses, community audiology clinics, Aboriginal Hearing Screening programs, Refugee Health, DCP, Newborn Hearing Screening program

The following WCH allied health clinics only accept internal referrals. Please refer patients to community-based services.

  • Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Service – paediatric
  • Occupational Therapy – paediatric
  • Orthotics – paediatric
  • Physiotherapy – paediatric and maternity
  • Social Work – paediatric
  • Speech Pathology – paediatric
  • Rehabilitation – paediatric
Burns
Cardiology
Child Development Unit
  • Child Development Unit Information: Child Development Unit – Women's and Children's Hospital
  • All referrals must be completed using the CDU Referral Form (located on the Referral Forms for WCH Outpatient Clinics page)
  • Catchment area criteria – please refer to the CDU catchment area map
    • Patients residing in Southern Adelaide – refer to the FMC Children's Assessment Team – phone 08 8204 4433
    • Patients residing in Northern Adelaide aged under 8 years – refer to the Gordon McKay Child Development Unit in Elizabeth – phone 08 7485 4109.
    • WCH CDU accepts referrals for all other eligible patients state-wide.
  • Waiting times are long:
    • Autism Diagnostic Assessments have a waiting time of approximately 14–18 months.
    • Please discuss with your patients and consider alternative pathways if available.
Child Protection Services
  • If you are wanting to make a notification about a child's safety, you need to call the Child Abuse Report Line (Department for Child Protection) on 13 14 78 or make a notification online.
  • Child Protection Services provide specialist assessment and treatment services to children from birth to 18 years and their families where there is a suspicion of child abuse, psychological maltreatment and/or neglect
  • For clinical advice call 08 8161 7346 – Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. Do not fax referrals.
  • Child Protection Services information: Child Protection Services – Women's and Children's Hospital
  • For patients residing in southern Adelaide (SALHN), please contact the Child Protection Service (CPS) at Flinders Medical Centre.
Chronic Pain
Craniofacial
Dental
Dermatology and Eczema
Diabetes and Endocrinology
Ear, Nose and Throat and Hearing Loss
  • Referral guidelines – Paediatric Ear Nose and Throat
  • Please indicate if there is hearing loss to ensure the patients is seen by an appropriate clinician with the audiology report (see above for community referral options).
  • Patients aged under 5 will be accepted state-wide.
  • Patients aged over 5 years of age residing in:
    • southern Adelaide (SALHN) – please refer to the Flinders Medical Centre ENT clinic.
    • northern Adelaide (NALHN) – please refer to the Lyell McEwin Hospital ENT clinic.
  • Waiting times are currently long for the WCH ENT clinic.
Eating Disorders Clinic
  • Referral guidelines – Eating disorder/Suspected eating disorder
  • Contact WCH for clinical advice or refer to the nearest emergency department where indicated.
  • Patients with suspected or diagnosed eating disorders can be referred to general paediatrics.
  • For patients residing in southern Adelaide (SALHN), please refer to the FMC Paediatric Eating Disorder Clinic.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Gender Diversity Service

Accepts referrals from General Practitioners, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Mental Health Professionals for any child or young person up to the age of 17 years with concerns regarding their gender identity.

Send referral to Gender Diversity Team at CAMHS Consultation Liaison Service:

Gender Diversity Service information: Gender Diversity – Women’s and Children’s Hospital

There is a specific referral form available on the Referral Templates and Forms page.

General Paediatric Medicine (DGM)
  • Referral guidelines – Paediatric Department of General Medicine
  • Waiting times for general paediatrics are currently long.
  • For patients residing in southern Adelaide (SALHN), please refer to Flinders Medical Centre (FMC).
  • For patients residing in northern Adelaide (NALHN), please refer to Northern Adelaide LHN Specialist and Outpatient clinics.
General Paediatric Surgery
Genetics – Clinical
  • SA Clinical Genetics Service information: SA Clinical Genetics Service
  • The Paediatric and Reproductive Genetics Unit provides diagnostic and counselling services for genetic disorders which occur during prenatal development or childhood, and for prenatal genetic testing.
  • WCH has an outreach Genetics clinic at FMC. For patients residing in southern Adelaide (SALHN), please refer directly to the FMC Genetic Clinic.
Gynaecology – Paediatric and Adolescent
Gynaecology – Adult
Haematology and Oncology
Immunology
Immunisation (Specialist Immunisation Service)
Infectious Disease
Metabolic Clinic
  • Service information: Metabolic Clinic – Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • Appointments, or changes to appointments, for the Paediatric Metabolic Clinic can be made by phoning (08) 8161 7295 between 8:30am and 4:30pm.
  • The clinic provides health care for children and adults who have medical issues caused by missing enzymes affecting their metabolism or who have problems detected by the Newborn Screening Test.
Mental Health / CAMHS
Neonatal / Baby Clinic
Nephrology / Renal Medicine
Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Please check guidelines prior to referral. Many neurological conditions require referral to general paediatrics, and will not be accepted by the WCH Paediatric Neurology Clinic. The conditions that are suitable for neurology review are listed in the referral guidelines: Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology – Referral Guidelines.
  • Waiting times for category 2 and 3 are currently long.
  • For patients residing in southern Adelaide (SALHN), please refer to Flinders Medical Centre (FMC).
  • Patients requiring general paediatric referral can be referred to Lyell McEwin Hospital (northern Adelaide), FMC (southern Adelaide), WCH, rural general paediatric clinics or private community paediatricians.
Neurosurgery
Obstetrics
  • WCH Obstetric Service information: Obstetrics – Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • Fax referral to WCH and ask your patient to call the Pregnancy SA Referral Line (1300 368 820) to register the pregnancy.
  • The Obstetric catchment area does not align with LHN catchment areas (refer to catchment area information above).
  • WCH is unable to provide surgical procedures for high risk patients. Please include the following on the referral:
    • Patient does not have complex health conditions
    • BMI< 45 and documented on referral.
  • Discuss high surgical risk patients with WCH prior to referral, as they may require referral to FMC or LMH.
  • Choices for Antenatal Care – Women’s and Children’s Hospital
    • GP Obstetric Share Care (OSC)
    • Obstetrician Antenatal Care
    • Midwives Clinic
    • Midwifery Group Practice
    • Aboriginal Family Birthing Program
    • Private Obstetric Care
Ophthalmology
Orthopaedics and Fracture Clinic
Plastic Surgery
Respiratory / Pulmonary Medicine/ Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
Rheumatology
Spinal Surgery
Urology