Upgrade for Royal Hobart Hospital

8 March 2007

Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon today opened a new $15.4 million Emergency Department at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

“It is Australia’s most modern specialist emergency medicine and trauma centre,” he said. It will be Tasmania’s most heavily utilised health facility and is expected to handle more than 40,000 patient presentations this year.

The new facility has 50% more treatment spaces than the old and includes 23 general treatment cubicles, a six-cubicle emergency clinic, two fully-equipped procedure rooms, three resuscitation bays for major trauma cases and an isolation bay for treatment of suspected infectious diseases.

About 180 staff, including doctors, nurses and orderlies, will work in the new department. The upgrade is expected to be sufficient for the hospital’s emergency needs until a proposed new $600 million Hobart Hospital is built.

The Tasmanian government has also announced further capital expenditure improvements at the Launceston General Hospital and the North West Royal Hospital, including a new $12 million department of emergency medicine at the Launceston General Hospital.

See the health services page for information on the health infrastructure in Tasmania.