Record the building number and street name of the usual residential address of the patient. The usual residential address is the place where the patient lives. For example, it is not the address where the patient might be staying temporarily before or after the period of hospitalisation.
Post office box numbers/mail service numbers should not be recorded. Use a building number and street name wherever possible. Even country properties have access roads which have names.
"Emohruo Homestead", Dusty Road
Use the postcode as an indicator. For example, If the patient states the address is "Emohruo Homestead", off Dusty Road, Elbow Valley, via Warwick, and both Elbow Valley and Warwick have postcodes, record the property name and access road name in this field. Record Elbow Valley as the suburb/town of usual residence. Warwick need not be entered at all. Do not enter the word "via".
If Elbow Valley had no postcode, then the property name and the access road (Dusty Road) only should be entered in this field. Warwick is recorded as the suburb/town of usual residence (Elbow Valley should not be recorded).
Unknown number and street of usual residence:
If the number and street of the usual address are unknown (e.g. an unconscious patient is unable to provide the information), leave blank.
If the patient is temporarily resident with relatives, in a hotel or place other than his/her home, do not use the temporary address in this field, but attempt to ascertain his/her usual residential address.
Baby for adoption:
If the patient is a baby for adoption, use the address of the hospital.