Rural Referral Hospital
Tamworth's superb strategic location and regional capital status has seen it become one of the nations most important medical treatment centres. Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital is the largest health facility in NSW outside the Sydney-Wollongong-Newcastle metropolitan areas. It currently employs both full-time and part-time staff, many volunteers and serves most of northwest New South Wales as well as the local community. Specialist medical staff provides a full range of medical, diagnostic and surgical services.
Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital has a 24-hour emergency department, high level surgical and medical services, including a diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization laboratory, intensive care, coronary care, rehabilitation services (including brain injury), Diabetes Centre, mental health unit, renal services, paediatrics, maternity, oncology, radiology and pathology.
Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital is a training hospital with clinical affiliation agreements with many universities. A University Department of Rural Health is co-located on the Tamworth campus, which is part of Newcastle University. This caters for medical allied health and nursing students who gain invaluable rural health experience. A medical library with internet facilities is also available to all staff.
The 24 hour Emergency Department is the busiest non-metro ED in NSW with approximately 45,000 presentations per annum (25% admitted and 27% paediatric) and it provides a tertiary referral service for patients from the entire New England / Northwest geographical area.
The Emergency Department is delineated to Level 5 and offers a great deal of experience in the management of the widest variety of trauma and critically ill patients. It provides a major trauma referral centre with an active fully ACHS accredited medical and nursing retrieval team and includes the Westpac Helicopter.
There are high level Surgical and Medical services, including a Diagnostic Cardiac Catherisation laboratory service, Burns Unit, Intensive Care and Coronary Care Unit, Rehabilitation Unit (including Brain Injury), a Diabetes Centre, 25 bed Mental Health Unit, Paediatric Ward, Obstetric Unit, Renal Services, Oncology and Palliative Care, Radiology and Pathology. The ICU boasts 7 ventilated beds and two CVVH.
The Hospital supports a wide range of specialist surgical services including General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Opthalmology, ENT, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Urology as well as having specialists in General Medicine, Anaesthetics, Nephrology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology, Geriatrics and Radiology.
The Hospital is committed to rural and general practitioner training and was the first in NSW to establish a Rural Training Unit. A University Department of Rural Health commenced undergraduate education training from January 2002. A major medical education complex is on site with a 200 seat lecture theatre, a 300 sqm library, office space for up to 25 full-time employees, a fully established clinical skills laboratory and tutorial and computer rooms. Tamworth Hospital is a teaching hospital for the successful University of Newcastle Bachelor of Medicine degree programme. It is also a teaching hospital for the Joint Medical Programme, a partnership between the University of Newcastle, University of New England, and Hunter New England Health Service.
The Hospital maintains an extensive range of outpatient services using either local specialists or visitors from Sydney and Newcastle Hospitals. The Hospital is affiliated with Newcastle, NSW and Sydney Universities and provides enthusiastic teaching in many disciplines.
The Hospital provides diagnostic services in all major modalities and has a full range of allied health facilities. Radiological facilities including DSI ultrasound and CT are available on site with MRI undertaken privately. Area Pathology services are co-located on the hospital grounds and operate 24 hrs/day 7 days/week. Dental and diabetic services are also provided along with a comprehensive range of community and allied health services.
Hours of Operation: Tamworth Hospital operates 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
Visiting Hours: General visiting hours - 11:00am - 8:30pm. With the exception of the following rest periods: ICU - 2:00pm - 4:00pm and Ward 9 (Maternity) - 1:00pm - 3:00pm.
Banksia Mental Health Unit
Banksia Unit is a specialised 25-bed unit designed to cater for the needs of people with mental health problems in the acute stage of their illness. Admission to this unit may be of a voluntary basis or under the Mental Health Act. The Unit is situated on the grounds of the Tamworth Base Hospital and is staffed by a team of visiting psychiatrists, residential medical officers, nurses and other allied health professionals.
Hours of operation: 24 hours
Visiting Hours: Monday - Friday: 1-3pm and 6-8pm. Weekends: 10am-8pm
Parking: There is free street parking in the streets around the hospital, or alternatively parking is available in the car park adjacent to the Community Health building, fees apply.
Disabled access: Disabled access is available through the front door of Dean House on Dean Street
Community Health Centre
The centre is located in Johnson House adjacent to Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital, providing access to a range of community based health services. These include Child and Family Health services, including Aboriginal Mother and Babies Service, a Child Development Service and a Family Care Cottage, Therapy and support services, including Genetic Counselling, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Social Workers and Speech Pathology and Community Nursing, Continence Advisor, Diabetic Services, Hearing Services, Aged Care Assessment Team, Alcohol & Other Drugs Service, Palliative Care, Podiatry, Respiratory Services, Sexual Health, Women's Health and Primary Health staff for surrounding communities.
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8am - 4:30pm. Community nursing is available after hours and weekends. The Sexual Assault Service offers a 24 hour crisis service.
Parking: Parking on the Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital campus with access from Dean Street.
Disabled access: The Centre is fully accessible for visitors with a disability. Limited disabled parking is available in the Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital campus parking area.