Orthopaedics

The Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) Orthopaedic Service provides a consultation service for adult patients referred with all orthopaedic conditions. This includes acute and follow up trauma, joint replacements, revision of failed joint replacements, and other general orthopaedic procedures.

If you have an orthopaedic problem, please see your General Practitioner, or for emergencies please go to your nearest Emergency Department.

Information for referring practitioners

Urgent Orthopaedic Outpatient Referrals

For urgent outpatient appointment referrals or advice, referring practitioners can telephone 9224 2244 and request to speak to the on-call Orthopaedic Registrar.

Routine outpatient referrals

With a high demand for new, non-urgent Orthopaedic appointments at RPH, the Department of Orthopaedics requests that GPs consider appropriate conservative management options where possible. Where referral to RPH is still required, please include a copy of all imaging reports and details of any conservative management trialled to date.

Patients may be referred for routine assessment to the Outpatient Clinic via Central Referral Service using standard outpatient referral forms (external link) with all additional information attached.

Central Referral Service (external link)
GPO Box 3462
Midland WA, 6056
Or fax to 1300 365 056.

Visiting Medical Practitioners

East Metropolitan Health Service provides access to the RPH Public surgical list to some specialists who practice privately at Armadale Health Service.

This Visiting Medical Practitioners (VMP) model offers an alternative pathway for patients requiring surgical review. Referral to one of the VMPs may result in shorter waiting times for your patient.

The initial consultation may incur a cost to the patient, but where surgery is required, the specialist can provide this in a non-tertiary public hospital (where clinically appropriate) at no cost to the patient.

If you wish to refer your patients to one of our VMP clinicians please send a named referral directly to the desired clinician from the lists on the Armadale Health Service website (external link).

Condition specific referral criteria

Shoulder impingement / bursitis

All referrals for shoulder impingement / bursitis MUST contain ultrasound and X-ray radiological reports to enable appropriate triaging. If ultrasound-guided sub acromial injections have also been trialled, radiological reports must again be included.

Referral for shoulder impingement / bursitis with no rotator cuff tear on ultrasound and a normal x-ray is only accepted at Royal Perth Hospital with evidence from the referrer of previous unsuccessful conservative management including:

  • At least two ultrasound-guided sub acromial injections with local anaesthetic and steroid (unless contraindicated) AND
  • 3 months of physiotherapy.
  • Ongoing symptoms despite this treatment warrant referral to an orthopaedic surgeon.

More information

Contact us

Location:
Level 5, R Block
Royal Perth Hospital

Phone: 9224 2244
Fax: 9224 2005
Email: OrthopaedicAdminAssistant.RPH@health.wa.gov.au

Operating hours

Monday to Friday
8am – 4pm