Priority Care Centres
Priority Care Centres provide community based healthcare and treatment for eligible patients with urgent but non-life threatening conditions, who would otherwise be seeking a service from an SA Health emergency department.
Wellbeing SA and SA Health, in partnership with the Adelaide Primary Health Network and general practices, have established four Priority Care Centres across metropolitan Adelaide.
The centres are led by general practitioners with additional support from SA Health hospital staff specially trained in acute assessment and care. They also offer a range of other services that can support care and treatment including access to:
- diagnostic tools such as imaging and pathology
- pharmacy services
- community based health services for follow up care.
Eligible patients can be identified through a range of pathways including by a SA Health emergency department or SA Ambulance Service clinician, a general practitioner or through SA Health Local Health Network related community based services.
The patient has the choice to attend a Priority Care Centre with no out of pocket expenses or they can wait for their care to be delivered at an emergency department. Patients presenting to a priority care centre must provide their Medicare card on arrival.
Are you interested in receiving care from a Priority Care Centre?
The service prioritises people who need their care urgently and may be offered to you by:
- a general practitioner (GP)
- SA Ambulance Service
- staff within a metropolitan emergency department
- healthdirect phone line 1800 022 222
- for paediatric patients - the Women’s and Children’s Child and Adolescent Virtual Urgent Care Triage new pilot service.
Priority Care Centres are not walk in clinics and are not open for people to access directly.