Intense pressure on the Royal Hobart Hospital after psychiatric bed cuts

Richard Benjamin, Milford McArthur, Fiona Judd, Stephane Auchincloss, Tarun Bastiampillai, Robert Allison

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The Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) has a proud history, commencing service in 1804, and moving to its current site in 1820. The hospital provides a full suite of tertiary healthcare services, including acute inpatient care for those suffering with psychiatric illness in the south of the state. However, much of the hospital is outdated, and significant renovations have been undertaken, with a major new tower currently being built. To accommodate the new tower, an older block was demolished. This block had housed 42 general adult (aged 18–64) acute psychiatric beds in total, an 8-bed psychiatric intensive care unit, and a 34-bed open unit, which catered for a general adult population of just under 160,000. These units had adequately catered for the needs of the local adult population for nearly 20 years and were only occasionally bed-blocked.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-495
Number of pages2
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


  • psychiatric bed cuts
  • Royal Hobart Hospital
  • acute psychiatric care


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