Royal Hobart Hospital


The Royal Hobart Hospital  (RHH) is Tasmania’s largest hospital and the major referral centre. As the major centre of clinical teaching and research, it has a strong collaborative relationship with the University of Tasmania and other institutions.

The RHH provides acute, sub acute, mental health and aged care inpatient and ambulatory services to a population of approximately 250,000 people in the southern region and currently operates from a maximum capacity of 470 beds.

A comprehensive range of general and specialty medical and surgical services are provided including many Statewide  services such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery,  extensive burns treatment, hyperbaric medicine, neonatal & paediatric intensive care and high risk obstetrics.

The RHH provides a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week Emergency Department (ED), and critical care Intensive Care Unit (including cardiothoracic intensive care), and five-bed High Dependency Unit.

Redevelopment RHH

The RHH is undergoing a $586 million redevelopment which will deliver a state of the art facility to meet the health needs of Tasmanians for generations to come.

The RHH has been serving the community on its current site for more than 190 years.

The hospital has undergone a number of redevelopments since its establishment in 1820. The Australian and Tasmanian Government investment will ensure that the RHH is a modern hospital providing enhanced, high-quality and sustainable health care services for the people of Tasmania.

During construction of the new inpatient precinct, staff will be taking all steps possible to minimise the disruption to patients that comes with a construction project of this scale.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to deliver improved services and facilities.

Building K-Block

The Royal Hobart Hospital’s new inpatient building known as K-Block is due to be finished construction works in 2019.

It will increase bed capacity, and provide more operating and procedure rooms and contemporary facilities.

It will accommodate mental health, women’s and children’s services, surgical, and medicine inpatient wards, the hyperbaric chamber, and have a helipad for aeromedical retrievals of critically ill patients.

A great deal of work finishing K-Block will be going on within the building’s walls: plastering  and painting, installing furniture, fittings and equipment, and doing all the required checks and testing to ensure it is safe and ready to occupy. While this is going on, staff will also be doing their own planning to move patient services into K-Block after it is finished.

There will be some activity within the hospital during this time too. This includes construction works to connect the current hospital with K-Block and upgrades to the hospital’s building services.

K-Block is being built in the least disruptive, safest and most efficient way possible for patients, staff and the community.

Some disruptions will be unavoidable however, and sometimes it may be challenging for staff; patients who are unwell and under-pressure because of their health circumstances; and nearby neighbours and businesses.

The RHH Redevelopment project works with staff to reduce the impacts on patients, wherever possible.

Patients are encouraged to speak with their nurse unit manager if they have any queries.

We greatly appreciate the patient and support of patients, staff and the community during the building works.

For more information on the RHH Redevelopment project, please visit the website: www.rhhredevelopment.tas.gov.au or email the project on redevelopment.rhh@ths.tas.gov.au