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Launceston General Hospital

274-280 Charles Street
Launceston, Tas 7250

Phone: 03 6777 6777
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Opening Hours
The Launceston General Hospital is a 24 hour facility, however various departments within the hospital have their own operating hours.
Visiting hours are 2.00pm to 8.00pm daily.

The Launceston General Hospital (LGH) is one of the three main public hospitals in Tasmania, Australia. It is located in Launceston and serves the north of the state. Services provided include Cardiology, Renal, Gastroenterology, Haematology-Oncology, Rehabilitation, General Surgery, Ear/Nose/Throat surgery, Plastic surgery, Orthopaedics, Radiology, Paediatrics and an Intensive Care Unit, Psychiatry:Inpatient Mental Health Unit and Consultation-Liaison.

It is a teaching hospital servicing the University of Tasmania.

The Launceston General Hospital (LGH) is a 300-bed public hospital that provides acute care facilities for residents of Launceston and the northern region of Tasmania.

Every year the hospital treats over 24,000 inpatients and over 225,000 outpatients.

The hospital provides inpatient and ambulatory services to Launceston and surrounding areas.

As an accredited teaching hospital, the LGH has a close partnership with the University of Tasmania through the Launceston Clinical School and the School of Nursing and Midwifery based in Launceston.

Research and innovation is encouraged and supported throughout the hospital with research sponsored by the Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust.

As the largest employer in the region, the LGH has about 2000 employees or approximately 1500 equivalent fulltime staff.

Staff are committed to providing quality services in a culture of respect and trust with high levels of professionalism and a focus on performance and achieving results.

The focus is on teamwork within the hospital and also with community providers.

Patients are asked to bring their Medicare card when attending hospital.
Patients may choose to be admitted as a public patient or as a private patient.
Public patients are not charged for medical or hospital services but are treated by a doctor nominated by the hospital. Public patients pay for outpatient pharmaceuticals, phone use and television hire.
Private patients are either insured by a health fund or pay the costs of their hospital treatment. Private patients can choose their own specialist, provided he or she has admitting rights to the RHH and agrees to undertake their care as a private patient.
The Department of Veterans Affairs, the Motor Accidents Insurance Board or Workers Compensation meet the fees of eligible patients. 
Pharmaceuticals provided at hospital outpatient clinics, or at discharge from hospital, incur a co-payment in accordance with the Tasmanian Government concessions schedule, available at the Tasmanian Government's Discounts and Concessions - Pharmaceuticals website

Interstate Visitors
Interstate visitors can expect the same entitlements and charges as Tasmanians.

Overseas Visitors
Australia has reciprocal health agreements with a small number of countries to provide care for overseas visitors from these countries free of charge. However, where these agreements are not in place, patients will be charged the full cost of their healthcare.

Services available at Launceston General Hospital

  • Acute renal dialysis unit
  • Coronary care unit
  • Diabetes unit
  • Emergency department
  • Geriatric assessment unit
  • Intensive care unit
  • Maintenance renal dialysis unit
  • Obstetric services
  • Oncology unit
  • Paediatric service
  • Psychiatric unit
  • Rehabilitation unit