Royal Darwin Hospital

Royal Darwin Hospital

Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) is an 345-bed teaching hospital located in the northern suburbs of Darwin, Northern Territory.Infobox Hospital
Name = Royal Darwin Hospital
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Caption = Royal Darwin Hospital

Location = Tiwi, Darwin, Northern Territory
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Country = Australia
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HealthCare = Medicare
Type = Teaching
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Emergency = Yes
Affiliation = Flinders University & University of Sydney
Beds = 345
Founded = 1874
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The first hospital of the settlement of Palmerston (Later Darwin) was built in 1874 [ [ A Brief History] ] . The hospital was built on Packard Street overlooking Doctor's Gully. By 1878 The hospital was improved with a stone. During the next 40 years the hospital was administered by South Australia, then in 1911 the Commonwealth Government assumed control. Construction of an 89-bed hospital fronting Lambell Terrace commenced in 1941 to cater for the Darwin area population of 4,000. The new hospital opened February 2 1942 and bombed just 17 days later during the Bombing of Darwin.

Prior to Cyclone Tracy in 1974, approval had been given for the construction of Casuarina Hospital on Rocklands Drive in the northern suburb of Tiwi. Casuarina Hospital became fully operational on May 20 1980. On January 1 1982 Casuarina Hospitals name was changed to Darwin Hospital. Following the Royal Assent on January 10 1984, the hospital became "Royal Darwin Hospital".


During 2003 The Royal Darwin Hospital underwent a $43 million major redevelopment which has seen the construction of a new Emergency Department, a new expanded Intensive Care, Coronary Care, an Operating Theatre suite, a new Imaging Department and a 12-bed Hospice [ [ RDH Redevelopment] ] .


Royal Darwin Hospital is the largest hospital in the Northern Territory, and employing over 1500 people. [] Some of the services at the hospital are Anaesthetics, Cardiology, Emergency, Intensive Care and Surgery, Medicine and Radiology and many other services.

Royal Darwin also fosters relationships with Darwin's other hospitals, including the Darwin Private Hospital.

ee also

*List of hospitals in Australia


External links

* [ RDH website]

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