The Infectious Diseases Clinic provides inpatient, outpatient and ambulatory services for patients who have been diagnosed with an infectious disease or who are at risk of an infectious disease (ID).
Services are provided to patients living in the central Adelaide area, as well as those referred from rural and remote areas.
Children are usually managed by paediatricians with referral to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Depending on the clinical need, adolescents can be managed at the RAH or The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (with various approvals required).
Services provided include:
- outpatient clinical consultations for diagnosis and management
- ambulatory outpatient intravenous antibiotic management.
There are many people who attend our clinic that require ongoing specialised assessment, supervision and medication from one of our infectious diseases clinicians, for example human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) management.
Other patients may require a period of ID specialist supervision followed by discharge from the clinic, for example hepatitis C assessment and treatment. For some patients, a shared care arrangement is most suitable.
In other conditions, the objective of an infectious diseases outpatient appointment is to provide an assessment of the patient, an opinion regarding the key clinical issues and advice to the patient and the referring practitioner over one to two visits followed by formal discharge from the clinic.
A variety of clinics are held. Patients are seen by a consultant medical office or an advanced trainee (registrar) in infectious diseases, or a resident medical officer (RMO), and / or a specialist infectious diseases nurse with direct supervision by a consultant.
Immediate referral process
Where consultation is 'same day' urgent, the infectious diseases registrar should be contacted via the RAH switchboard (08) 7074 0000 to discuss the patient.
A written referral marked URGENT should then be faxed to (08) 7074 6247 or sent with the patient if urgent assessment has been arranged. If the condition is life-threatening, the patient should be sent to their nearest emergency department.
At the RAH, there is a rapid assessment (RASS) clinic for relevant clinically urgent matters. The RAH IDC staff will coordinate this style of rapid appointment with the patient or referrer.
Less urgent referrals
Preferred method of referral is by fax or letter.
All referrals including those urgently requiring consultation must be in writing and a named referral is preferred. Please fax a written referral to the RAH on (08) 7074 6247.
Non-urgent referrals will be allocated to the next available appointment. Non-urgent referrals may incur a wait. The waiting time for an appointment will vary and will depend on the demand for this service and the medical urgency of the patient’s condition.
For all appointments, enquiries and new case appointments call: 1300 153 853.
For TQEH referral details visit the SA Health website.
Level 3, wing E-2
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Adelaide SA 5000