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Royal Hobart Hospital
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Geography
Location Hobart, (Greater Hobart), Tasmania, Australia, Australia
Coordinates 42°52′48″S 147°19′48″E / 42.8799°S 147.3299°E / -42.8799; 147.3299Coordinates: 42°52′48″S 147°19′48″E / 42.8799°S 147.3299°E / -42.8799; 147.3299
Organisation
Care system DHHS
Hospital type Teaching, Research
Affiliated university University of Tasmania
Services
Emergency department Yes
Helipad (ICAO: YXHH)
Beds 501
History
Founded 1804
Links
Website Official Website

The Royal Hobart Hospital is a public hospital in the Hobart CBD, Tasmania, Australia. The hospital also functions as a teaching hospital in co-operation with the University of Tasmania. The hospital's research facilities are known as the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation. Also close to the hospital site is the Menzies Research Institute.

The hospital is run by the Tasmanian Government as part of the Department of Health and Human Services and is the largest hospital, and the largest employer, in Tasmania. The hospital provides services for all of southern Tasmania and has capacity for 400 patients. Many statewide services such as cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, major trauma, high-risk obstetrics, hyperbaric medicine, and neonatal intensive care are based at the hospital, with referrals coming in from the north and northwest.

The main entrance underwent construction for a new underground emergency department. This began operation in early 2007 with surrounding construction ongoing. A more recent hospital redevelopment project was initiated with A$565 million in funding, including a new women's and children's precinct, cancer service, intensive care unit, and day surgery facility.

History

Royal Hobart Hospital is Australia's second-oldest hospital (after Sydney Hospital) as well as the longest-running civil institution of Tasmania, and first began serving the community in 1804. It moved to its current site on Liverpool Street in 1820.

Repatriation General Hospital, Hobart

Hobart's Repatriation General Hospital was transferred to the Tasmanian public hospital system on 1 July 1992 and linked to the hospital through the Acute Care Program following the formation of the new agency. It serves as a community rehabilitation site, as well as offering allied health and inpatient geriatric services.

Hobart Private Hospital

In November 1999 the Queen Alexandra wing was leased to become the Hobart Private Hospital.

Noteworthy Personnel

  • Sir Dr James Willson Agnew KCMG (1815-1901), appointed Colonial Surgeon at the Royal Hobart Hospital, then the Hobart general Hospital, in 1845. He went on to be the 16th Premier of Tasmania from 8 March 1886 – 29 March 1887.
  • Dr Bruce Maitland Carruthers OBE (1892-1951), a former Director-General of Health in Tasmania was the senior house surgeon at Royal Hobart Hospital 1927–1935.
  • Dr William Lodewyk Crowther (1817-1885), appointed as a medical officer at the hospital in 1860. He was suspended in March 1869 over charges of mutilating the body of William Lanney, the last male Tasmanian Aboriginal. He went on to be the 14th Premier of Tasmania from 20 December 1878 to 29 October 1879.
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