Mersey Community Hospital

Mersey Community Hospital

Mersey ED Re-Opening

The Mersey Community Hospital Emergency Department will open between 8 am – 10 pm daily from Sunday 31 May 2020.

Patients who need emergency care outside these hours will be redirected to other hospitals, including the North West Regional Hospital and Launceston General Hospital.

Ambulance Tasmania will continue to transport people in need of emergency hospitalisation to the hospital that is best able to provide the service that patient needs.

Hospital Visitor Restrictions

Do not visit a hospital, outpatient department or clinic if you have:

  • a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, gastrointestinal symptoms; or
  • been advised to self-isolate following international or interstate travel

Visitors must:

  • Visit between 2pm - 6pm with a maximum of one visitor per patient at a time for most areas
  • Complete the visitor screening tool on arrival
  • Contact the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) or Associate NUM, where present, for an exemption, for example in the ICU and Palliative Care

To request an exemption on compassionate grounds, contact the facility you wish to visit and talk with the Nurse Unit Manager or Associate NUM.

Visitors allowed:

Area / Ward

Number of visitors

Outpatient clinics and community centres

Support person only

Department of Critical Care Medicine

Two visitors will be allowed at any one time

Emergency Department

One visitor per patient

Neonatal Intensive Care

Parents / Carers have unrestricted visiting with a maximum of two people visiting.

Compassionate situation – exemptions may be applied for siblings.

Paediatric Unit

Parents / Carers have unrestricted visiting with a maximum of two people visiting.

Maternity Unit

An upper limit of two people to support mothers in the maternity unit (this limit of two includes the partner, if the partner is present).

Operating Theatre and Recovery Room

Visitors not routinely allowed. Parents may visit children post-surgery

Short Stay Surgical Unit

One support person permitted

Palliative Care

An upper limit of four visitors for patients receiving end-of-life care, and the capacity for one visitor to stay overnight and for pets to visit where appropriate.

Health Services in the North West

If you require emergency health care in the North West, please contact Triple Zero (000) or present to the emergency department at the North West Regional Hospital.

The North West Regional Hospital is now operational after its recent closure. Services have now been reopened.

For all other healthcare needs contact your regular GP. To support non-emergency patients in the North West, additional GP services are being arranged.

More Information

See www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au for more information.

Mersey Community Hospital
Torquay Road
Latrobe 7307

Phone: 6478 5500
Mail: PO Box 21, Latrobe 7307
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Serving the community since 1889

The Mersey Community Hospital has 95 beds and offers general and specialist health services to the region.

In 2017/18 the Mersey dealt with 28,464 presentations to emergency, 10,735 inpatient admissions, 31,102 outpatient visits and conducted 5,025 operations.

The Mersey is fully accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. We have a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate clinical training program and have close ties with the University of Tasmania through the Rural Clinical School and with TAFE Tasmania.

We have a dedicated team of more than 610 staff committed to providing quality healthcare services to our community.

The Mersey is an integral part of the Tasmanian Health Service and we work closely with other hospitals and primary health services to meet the needs of patients across the region.

A hospital was first opened at Latrobe in 1889 called the Devon Cottage Hospital. It relocated to a larger site in 1903 and was renamed the Devon Public Hospital.

In 1961 the Mersey General Hospital was opened at the current site and was later named the Mersey Community Hospital.

For the past 120 years the hospital at Latrobe has enjoyed very strong staff and community support.

On 1 July 2017, the Australian Government transferred ownership of the Mersey to the Tasmanian Government with a ten year funding deal, after which it will be fully funded and operated by the THS.

The Mersey is highly regarded for its delivery of timely, safe and high quality services and we are committed to improving and extending those services at every available opportunity.