Palmerston Regional Hospital

Services available at the Palmerston Regional Hospital

You can access the following services at the Palmerston Regional Hospital (PRH).

Read below for more information or contact PRH.

If you are seriously hurt or sick, you can go to the hospital's emergency department for urgent treatment.

When you present at the emergency department, you will be treated and managed based on your clinical needs.

However, if you are critically ill or have a life-threatening condition, you will be stabilised and transferred to Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH).

If you need to stay at the hospital for up to 24 hours for medical treatment but don't need to be admitted or transferred to RDH, you will be moved to the extended emergency medicine unit (EEMU).

If you need longer treatment, you may be moved to the medical ward for general care or transferred to RDH.

If you are a patient over the age of 14, you can access rehabilitation services at the hospital.

Rehabilitation can help improve your mobility and regain your independence after a major illness or injury.

The facility includes all of the following:

  • dedicated therapy space
  • gym
  • hydrotherapy pool.

You can get assessment, triage, treatment, inpatient and outpatient services for conditions such as:

  • acquired brain injury
  • spinal cord injury
  • stroke and neurological conditions
  • vascular conditions and amputation
  • post-surgical and medical deconditioning
  • major burns
  • deconditioning.

Multi-trauma or orthopaedics injuries are treated by a multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation medical specialists including:

  • nurses
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • speech pathologists
  • psychologists.

The Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) service aims to improve the quality of life and mobility of older patients.

It provides short term inpatient rehabilitation care. Patients are referred to GEM by their doctor.

The service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You can get all of the following:

  • specialist consultation and assessment
  • inpatient and outpatient services including:
    • a dedicated constant care team
    • community outreach support services.

Nurses are always on site with medical, allied health and support staff available during standard business hours.

Medical inpatient wards are generally for patients with a less complex medical condition.

If you need more critical care, you may be transferred to Royal Darwin Hospital.

The hospital provides planned day surgery. This means you can come into hospital for a procedure and leave on the same day.

Examples of planned day surgical procedures include:

  • endoscopies
  • dental
  • urology
  • ear, nose and throat
  • gynaecology.

Depending on your needs, Top End Health Service will schedule your surgery at either Palmerston Regional Hospital or Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH).

When you come in for planned day surgery, you will have access to:

  • pre-admission clinics
  • consultation diagnosis
  • treatment
  • pain management
  • post-surgery care.

If you more need complex surgical procedures, they will be carried out at the RDH.

You can get a range of maternity services at the hospital including the following:

  • pregnancy check-ups
  • monitoring
  • education
  • advice to expectant mothers
  • follow up care post birth
  • mother and baby monitoring
  • breastfeeding advice.

Labour and birth services are available at Royal Darwin Hospital.

Outpatient services are for people who are coming to hospital to see a specialist.

These types of services don't require an overnight stay in hospital.

You can access all of the following services at the hospital:

  • antenatal
  • diabetes/endocrinology
  • endoscopy
  • antenatal
  • allied health
  • chronic pain management
  • Geriatric Evaluation Management (GEM)
  • general medicine
  • general surgery
  • gynaecology
  • haematology
  • infectious diseases/viral hepatitis
  • paediatrics
  • palliative care
  • postnatal
  • rehabilitation
  • respiratory - including pulmonary lung function testing
  • rheumatology
  • other speciality services.

Inpatient paediatric care remains at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) and most surgical procedures for children will continue to be carried out there.

You may be able to schedule some day surgery procedures at Palmerston Regional Hospital (PRH).

PRH's emergency department will assess and provide emergency care for children.

If your child needs intensive, critical care or has ongoing needs, they will be stabilised and transferred to RDH.

If your child needs overnight or longer-term care, they will be transferred to Darwin.

A small number of beds are dedicated for children who are admitted with short term, non-life-threatening conditions such as:

  • mild dehydration
  • mild gastroenteritis
  • cold symptoms
  • mild asthma.

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Last updated: 26 August 2020

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