Your admission

At Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital we’ll make you feel welcome. Our friendly team will do everything they can to help with your speedy recovery.

Your admission to Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital for both inpatient and outpatient programs, relies on referral, either from your health care provider during a current hospital stay or your GP/Specialist in the community.

Inpatient Referral 

For patients currently in another hospital requiring inpatient rehabilitation, your referral will be made by your health care provider detailing your current medical history and condition

For people not currently admitted in a hospital, and based in the community, your referral will be made by your GP/Specialist including a detailed medical letter.

Health care provider, please click below for the inpatient referral form.

Inpatient Referral Form (549 kB)

Outpatient Referral

For all outpatient programs and individualised services, your referral will require supporting medical documentation from your GP/Specialist. Admission to these programs can be following your recent hospitalisation or from home.

Outpatient Referral Form (784 kB)


You’ll need a referral from your GP or Medical Practitioner before you attend Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital. The referral will include the phone number to call to make your booking.

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 Rehabilitation Hospital, simply call us on 08 8168 5700 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:

During your stay we’ll provide you with safe and high-quality care, which reflects our values of Hospitality, Healing, Stewardship and Respect.

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.

Patient handbook

To help prepare for you and your family for admission, Calvary has produced these guides for inpatients and outpatients:

Inpatient Program Brochure (4MB)

Day Outpatient Program Brochure (4MB)

Use the expanding boxes below to learn more about your admission to Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital.

For inpatient admission, a Rehabilitation Assessment Nurse will conduct a comprehensive assessment prior to your admission. At this time, you will be advised of an estimated admission date, if applicable.

For outpatient admission we will 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 Rehabilitation Hospital on 08 8168 5700.

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
  • Comfortable day clothes, nightwear, dressing gown, non-slip shoes/slippers and toiletries
  • Swimwear for hydrotherapy (if applicable)
  • A letter of Work Cover approval, Third Party or Public Liability claims (if applicable)

Please note: During your stay at Calvary Rehabilitation 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.

Parking and transport

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.

Your family can accompany you through your admission, and can be involved in rehabilitation.

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.

Visiting hours

The Calvary Rehabilitation 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 Rehabilitation Hospital.

2015 Rehabilitation Clinical Safety and Quality (240 kB)

Did you know falls are the second leading cause of accidental injury and death worldwide?

Stay Safe – Important Information about Falls (2MB)

Calvary protects and promotes the rights of each person receiving care.

We take any suspected breach of privacy very seriously. If you believe your personal information has been used in a manner inconsistent with the Calvary Privacy Policy, you can make a complaint.


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 Rehabilitation Hospital Patient Services Manager.

If your information has been archived, we may charge a fee for searching for and providing access to your information.

Accessing Medical Records request form

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Return your completed form to the Patient Services Manager by fax to 08 8344 1430 or by post to:

Medical Records Department
Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital
18 North East Rd
Walkerville SA 5081

You won’t be discharged from Calvary Rehabilitation 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.

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.

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