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Emergency Department

Hobart Private Hospital's Emergency Department provides an emergency service that is open 24 hours a day seven days a week.

The department is staffed by experienced medical and nursing staff trained to manage a wide range of medical and surgical emergencies.

Access to onsite radiology and cardiac services ensures comprehensive, streamlined care.

Hobart Private Hospital accepts and reviews almost any medical and surgical conditions and specialises in cardiac conditions.

To assist with this we have:

  • 24 hour access to angiography
  • 24 hour access to operating theatres
  • 24 hour onsite medical cover
  • 25 bed Critical Care Unit.

We provide:

  • 24 hour cardiac chest pain referral
  • 24 hour medical and nursing cover
  • Onsite 24 hour catheterisation laboratory with an experienced team of interventional cardiologists and nurses
  • Onsite x-ray and pathology
  • Rapid assessment
  • Resuscitation bay.

Please note: We are unable to accept major trauma, acute psychiatric conditions or acute paediatric conditions.

Following assessment and management by the doctor in Emergency Department you may need to be admitted to one of the Hobart Private Hospital inpatient wards for ongoing medical treatment or surgery.

If you are well enough to return home, with your consent, a medical report (including investigations and relevant treatment) will be sent to your GP and other relevant treating doctors. This provides vital information to assist your doctor with ongoing management.

If members of private health funds have questions regarding whether private cover qualifies for reimbursement after treatment in the Emergency Department, please forward any queries to the health insurance fund.

We welcome any enquiries regarding our service but are unable to give medical advice over the telephone.

There will be some out of pocket expenses for attending our Emergency Department including a facility fee.

Part of these fees are covered by Medicare and we ask that any out-of-pocket fees are settled on the day of service. If required, fees for medical imaging (eg x-ray, CT scan, ultrasound and MRI), pathology, pharmacy and specialist costs are rendered separately.

Work Cover and Veterans’ Affairs patients are covered by the relevant insurance schemes. Please ask our reception staff for details.

We endeavour to provide rapid assessment times, as we understand how frustrating waiting can be.

This will depend on how serious other people’s conditions are and how busy the hospital is.

If your condition changes while you are waiting please notify the triage nurse.

Our wait times are well within the national guidelines.

Whether you have private health insurance, Work Cover, Veteran's Affairs or are uninsured, patients at Hobart Private can be assessed and treated at our ED.

Patients qualifying for Veterans’ Affairs are fully covered for Emergency Department visits and inpatient services, there will be no out-of-pocket expenses for DVA card holders.

On arrival you will be seen by an emergency nurse who will assess your presenting problem to determine the severity according to the Australasian Triage Scale allowing medical staff to see life threatening conditions as a priority.

The triage system has five levels:

  1. Immediate (life threatening)
  2. Emergency (could become life threatening)
  3. Urgent
  4. Semi-urgent
  5. Non-urgent (needs treatment when time permits).


Additional Information

There is no appointment required to attend the Emergency Department but please do not eat or drink prior to being seen by a doctor. Family or friends are welcome to attend your initial assessment.

Our Emergency Department staff will ensure you receive immediate assessment, treatment and referrals (where appropriate) to help you return to your normal duties as quickly as possible.

WorkCover will cover all costs of your visit once your claim has been confirmed

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