At Calvary North Adelaide Hospital we’ll make you feel welcome, whether your trip is planned or you’re arriving unexpectedly. Our friendly team will do everything they can to help with your speedy recovery.
Before your admission, please be sure to review our consumer resources for information about your Rights and responsibilities, your Privacy, Healthcare Associated Infections and links to other recommended sites.
Complete your pre-admission details online
The Calvary eAdmissions portal is a secure and easy way to complete your hospital pre-admission forms.
One of our Registered Nurses will review your information and will contact you around one week prior to your hospital admission if required. To speak with one of our preadmission nurses regarding your stay, please call 08 8239 9564.
Prior to your specialist appointment, you’ll need a referral from your GP or Medical Practitioner. The referral will include the phone number to call to make your booking.
To discuss your planned admission as a Maternity Patient, please contact the Maternity Clinical Manager on 08 8239 9125.
The Calvary North Adelaide Hospital Pre-admission Clinic is a free service, which provides patients with information and support. Our goal is to better understand your needs and ensure you have a positive stay with us and are discharged safely back into community.
How it works
One of our Registered Nurses will contact you prior to your admission to hospital to:
- Discuss your care before and after surgery
- Check your health history and complete other admission paperwork
- Provide you with any necessary pre-operative instructions
- Check you have had any tests ordered by your Doctor
- Commence discharge planning to help plan for your return home
- Answer any questions you may have
By self referral, specialist or healthcare providers
Level 1 main hospital builing, report to main reception
If you have private health insurance
Please contact your health fund before admission to check your level of cover, and to clarify any excess or co-payments you may have.
If you don’t have private health insurance
We welcome patients without insurance at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital, simply call us 08 8239 9100 for an estimate of costs. You’ll need to pay all fees in full prior to your admission.
Regardless of whether you have private health insurance or don’t have private health insurance, the hospital will provide you with an estimate of expected hospital charges. Knowing how much your treatment will cost is called Informed Financial Consent. For more information visit the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman website:
At every stage of your treatment we’ll make sure you fully understand what’s happening, why it’s happening, and what will happen next.
Use the expanding boxes below to learn more about your admission to Calvary North Adelaide Hospital.
Please review your admission documentation – which includes information about any dietary, fasting or medication requirements – and follow the instructions carefully.
We’ll also send you information detailing the time and location of your admission appointment.
If you have any concerns before your appointment, or any issues on the day, please contact Calvary North Adelaide Hospital using the telephone number on your admission documentation.
On the day of your admission please be sure to bring your:
- Admission documentation
- Medicare card (if you have one)
- Health care, pension or concession card (if you have one)
- Health fund details (if you have private insurance)
- An up-to-date list of all of the medications you’re currently taking
- All your medications in their original, labelled containers
- Any relevant doctors’ letters, reports or consent forms
- Any x-rays or other medical images
- General Practitioner’s (GP) contact details including name, address and contact number
- Physical and mobility aids
- Nightwear, dressing gown, non-slip slippers, comfortable clothes and toiletries
- A letter of Work Cover approval, Third Party or Public Liability claims (if applicable)
Please note: During your stay at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital your property is your own responsibility and we do not recommend bringing any personal valuables.
Patient admission appointments take place at various locations. Please check your admission documentation for details.
What happens after your admission will depend on the reason for your visit, but we’ll keep you informed every step of the way.
When your admission is complete you’ll be fitted with an identification band to be worn at all times during your stay. The band is used to check your identity to ensure you receive the correct medications, tests and procedures.
During your stay you may move between ward areas on one or more occasions. Each time you pass from one clinical area to another a formal handover of your care will occur.
Your family can accompany you through your admission and be ready for you when your procedure is completed or you are admitted to your ward accommodation.
Depending on your situation, your family may also be able to stay beyond visiting hours. But this should be discussed with a member of your care team.
The Calvary North Adelaide Hospital campus is entirely smoke free.
Patients, families and visitors cannot smoke anywhere within the hospital grounds.
We can help
If you smoke, please inform your care team and also consider whether this is a good time to quit smoking.
If you would like to quit smoking, we can help
A hospital stay provides you with different routines and extensive peer support that can help you break your smoking habits and start to cope without cigarettes.
While you are a patient in Calvary, Nicotine Replacement Therapy and other forms of support can be provided to help you stop smoking.
We also offer ongoing support and assistance after you leave Calvary.
Find out more from the SA Health website.
You have a right to receive safe and high-quality health services. Our Clinical Safety and Quality is benchmarked against National Clinical Safety and Quality Standards.
View the results for Calvary North Adelaide Hospital.
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Calvary protects and promotes the rights of each person receiving care.
You have a right to access your personal information, subject to some exceptions allowed by law, and to request a change to your information if you consider it inaccurate.
If you’d like to access your personal information or medical records please contact the Calvary North Adelaide Hospital Health Information Manager.
If your information has been archived, we may charge a fee for searching for and providing access to your information.
Return your completed form by fax to 08 8239 9291 or by post to:
Health Information Manager
Medical Records Department
Calvary North Adelaide Hospital
89 Strangways Terrace
North Adelaide SA 5006
You won’t be discharged from Calvary North Adelaide Hospital until it’s safe for you to leave. Your safety will be assessed against:
- Your condition
- The availability of personal and social support
- Your residential situation
- Your mobility
- Access to communications if an emergency arises
Planning your discharge
Before your planned admission, or as soon as possible after an emergency admission, your care team will talk to you about a planned discharge date.
When you’re discharged you will be provided with a Formal Discharge Summary, and your care team will give you information about follow-up appointments with your General Practitioner or Specialist.
We’ll give you a short-term supply of any new medications prescribed by Calvary.
Questions to ask yourself before discharge
1. Who is picking you up from hospital?
On your discharge day you’ll need to arrange to be picked up by a family member or friend before 10am.
Please let us know so we can discuss alternative options, including Calvary Community Care Hospital to Home.
2. Have you made a follow-up appointment with your Doctor?
You need to make a follow up appointment with your Doctor as advised by your care team.
3. Have you discussed your medication?
Please make sure you have discussed your discharge medication with your care team. A medication review will be arranged if necessary.
After coming home from hospital you may have new medications to take. Please follow the instructions carefully to avoid making any mistakes with your medication. Visit NPS Medicinewise for more information, or call your GP to discuss your medications.
4. Do you need care when you get home?
Calvary Community Care can help discharged patients with transport home, cooking, grocery shopping, dressing, showering and household tasks.
Community Care can also provide 24 hour personal care, respite care, home maintenance and modification and safety products linked to 24/7 monitoring.
There may be a charge for Calvary Community Care services, or they may be provided partially or completely under a government assistance package.
If you have any compliments, complaints or suggestions, please let us know so we can improve our service.
You can do this by:
- Talking to any of our staff
- Providing feedback online
- Completing a feedback form available in all wards and in public areas at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital
- Writing to the CEO or Director of Clinical Services
- Contacting the SA Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner