Adolescent Medicine

Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine at Westmead Hospital

Adolescent Ambulatory Care Centre

The Adolescent Ambulatory Care Centre (Outpatient Clinic) is located within the Department of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Level 2, C-D Block, Westmead Hospital.

All patients attending the Adolescent Ambulatory Care Clinics have complex biopsychosocial problems that require the services of a specialist multidisciplinary adolescent team.

The Department of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine hosts a number of outpatient clinics which offer consultation and management of:

  • eating disorders — anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders
  • medically complicated attention and learning disorders
  • other complex problems requiring a multidisciplinary team approach
  • high risk marginalised youth at High Street Youth Health Centre
  • transitional care with Trapeze and the Agency of Clinical Innovation (ACI)
  • gender dysphoria

These clinics generally cater for young people aged between 14 and 18 years of age.

A doctor’s referral is required for all patients attending the Adolescent Ambulatory Clinics.

Referral process for the Adolescent Ambulatory Clinics

To refer a new adolescent outpatient, telephone the Department of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Westmead Hospital during office hours on (02) 8890 6788.

Your call will be triaged by the Clinical Nurse Consultant to ensure that this is the most appropriate health care service for the young person’s age, presenting problem and waiting time.

If the patient is accepted into the Adolescent Ambulatory Care clinic, the family will generally receive an appointment letter in the mail within one - two weeks of initial inquiry. Waiting times for new referrals to be seen vary depending on caseload and acuity at referral.

As the Department of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine is a tertiary health service, a written referral from a general practitioner or medical specialist is required for all new outpatients.

Follow up appointments

To make a follow up appointment for existing patients of the Adolescent clinics, contact the Departmental Secretary on (02) 8890 6788.

Urgent cases

Please note the Department of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine outpatient clinic operates an appointment-based system only and therefore does not offer an emergency service.

Contact the Adolescent Medicine Consultant on Call via Westmead Hospital switchboard on (02) 8890 5555 to discuss urgent cases or take the adolescent to their nearest hospital Accident and Emergency Department.