Coming to the RHH

Royal Hobart Hospital

Coming to the RHH

If your visit to the RHH requires an overnight stay, please bring:

  • all current medications including those purchased at a pharmacy, supermarket or health store
  • any relevant X-rays, scans, reports and referrals
  • full details of your:
    • health insurance cover
    • health insurance book or card
    • Medicare card
    • pension/concession card
    • DVA card (if eligible for Repatriation treatment)
    • Safety Net card
  • dressing gown
  • pyjamas or nightgown
  • slippers
  • soap
  • toothbrush, toothpaste
  • brush, comb
  • tissues
  • shaving equipment (if required).

You may also want to bring a small amount of coins for telephone calls and reading material.

Under the agreement on funding of public hospitals made between the Commonwealth and State Governments, you are required to choose whether you wish to be a public or private patient when admitted for care at the RHH.

As a public patient, you will be treated by doctors nominated by the RHH to provide your medical treatment, and you will not be charged for medical or hospital services. You cannot choose to be treated by a particular doctor and will not normally be provided with a bed in a single room.

Decisions regarding your treatment and health will be discussed with you so you may consent to or refuse treatment. If you refuse treatment or participation in tests, you will be given details of the likely or potential outcome of your refusal. If you refuse you cannot hold others responsible for the outcome. You may discharge yourself from the RHH at any time.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services

An Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer (AHLO) is employed  by the RHH to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  access and fully benefit from care and treatment.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to identify themselves as this information helps provide improved health care services to meet their needs.

The AHLO provides emotional support, practical help and cultural understanding, to obtain the services required, and will also work with other staff to better meet patients needs.

The Aboriginal Health Liaison service is confidential and available to both patients and their families. The AHLO is available Monday to Friday on 6166 8264 or 0409 523 131.

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol or drugs are not permitted in the RHH and must not be given to any patients.