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Royal Darwin Hospital

Overview

The Royal Darwin Hospital has approximately 363 beds and more than 1700 staff and provides a broad range of services in all speciality areas to the Darwin urban population as well as serving as a referral centre to the Top End of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South-East Asia. The Top End population serviced by the hospital is approximately 150,000.

Royal Darwin Hospital is the largest teaching hospital in the Northern Territory and is also recognised as Australia's National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre. The hospital won international recognition for its role in the retrieval, treatment and transfer of victims of the 2002 Bali bombings. Within 62 hours of the blasts, medical staff had resuscitated 61 patients which included 20 intensive care patients and evacuated 48 patients to burns centres around Australia. Royal Darwin Hospital again treated more than 20 victims evacuated following the second Bali bombings in October 2005 and in 2006 has treated victims evacuated from East Timor.

Partnerships

Royal Darwin Hospital is affiliated with the Flinders University of South Australia and the University of Sydney in NSW. The association with Flinders University allows the hospital to engage teaching staff and thereby enhance its available expertise in wide-ranging fields.

Royal Darwin Hospital also has links with Charles Darwin University to provide teaching and clinical experience for nursing students.

Royal Darwin Hospital participates in research projects in a variety of fields with the Menzies School of Health Research, which is located in the world-class Combined Health Building on the hospital campus.

The hospital's vision is to be recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for the provision of high quality healthcare to the community and to fulfil its role as the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre.

Infrastructure Developments

Royal Darwin Hospital underwent a $43 million redevelopment in 2003 which included a new Emergency Department, new and expanded Intensive Care, Coronary Care and High Dependency Units, Operating Theatre suite, Same Day Procedure Unit, Central Sterilising Department, a new Imaging Department.

A 12-bed Hospice facility opened in 2005.

A 24-bed Rapid Assessment Planning Unit attached to the Emergency Department and a state-of-the-art Birth Centre opened at Royal Darwin Hospital last year.