Emergency Department at Flinders Medical Centre

The FMC Emergency Department is open 24 hours, seven days a week.

The department is accredited by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. It is the obstetric trauma centre for South Australia and a designated state trauma centre. 

The Emergency Department is one of the busiest in South Australia, with approximately 74,000 attendances per year:

  • 21% are less than15 years of age
  • 43% are admitted to a hospital
  • 38% are admitted to FMC

People come to the ED with a variety of illnesses. Our first priority is to treat patients with life or limb threatening illness or injuries, and these patients are attended urgently on arrival.

The department is divided into adult and paediatric areas. The adult area has two streams - one for patients likely to be admitted and the other for patients likely to be discharged. There is a co-located short stay ward for patients requiring up to 24 hours of care.

Eighty per cent of inpatients at FMC are emergency admissions.

See also: Paediatric Emergency Department
                 Emergency Department Consumer Health Information

Contact details

Location:  Level 3 FMC, accessed via the lifts on Level 2 (opposite northern entrance) and from Level 2 of the multi-storey carpark. 
Directions: Use Western Carpark
Exit carpark on Level 2 by Theos, cross service road, walk up stairs/ramp and lift to ED is immediately on the right.
Map: Flinders Medical Centre Precinct Map (PDF 587KB)

The department can also be accessed via the Emergency Ramp located off Service Road. Please follow the signs. A set down and pick up area for approximately three vehicles is available outside the entrance door.

  • If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 000 and ask for the ambulance service
  • If you are unsure as to whether you need to attend hospital, please contact Health Direct on 1800 022 222 where you will be able to speak with a Registered Nurse
  • Please be aware that no South Australian public hospital, including FMC, will give out medical advice over the phone

Patient enquiries: Please call (08) 8204 6065 to speak with an ED Communication Clerk.

Emergency Department Expansion

The FMC ED has recently been expanded to include a brand-new negative pressure resus bay, time-critical resus bay, new Paediatric Emergency Department and Ambulatory Adult Area.

The expanded ED will assist in boosting capacity across the network and ensure patients continue to receive their care in the most appropriate environment.

The upgrades to the Emergency Department form part of the larger $86 million Southern Health Expansion Plan.

Watch the video below to see inside the new Ambulatory Adult Area of the FMC Emergency Department: