Wollongong Hospital

Wollongong emergency entrance

Why Wollongong Hospital?

 Wollongong Hospital is part of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, located in the city of Wollongong, 1 hour south of Sydney along the coast. It is the major referral hospital of the Illawarra region. The hospital provides level 5/6 clinical services in:

  • Surgery
  • Medicine
  • Maternal & Neonatal Care
  • Paediatric
  • Intensive Care
  • Emergency
  • Cancer Care   

Wollongong Hospital has a wide range of facilities including:

  • 500 inpatient beds.
  • ICU & HDU.
  • All medical specialities including 24/7 Cardiac Intervention, Aged Care, Paediatrics & Mental Health.
  • All surgical except cardiothoracic surgery.

Wollongong Hospital has an expanded Emergency Department that sees 60,000 patients per year of which 21% are Paediatric & 21% are over 70 years, with an admission rate of 28% and a further 12% admitted to Short Stay. It boasts 3 Resuscitation bays, 17 fully monitored Acute Assessment beds, 9 Fast Track treatment bays, 8 Paediatric beds, 6 Rapid Assessment bays, a 4 bedded Minor Injuries and Illness unit staffed by Nurse and Physiotherapy Practitioners and 13 Short Stay beds (for identified discharges). The Emergency Department is currently undergoing another expansion which will see its capacity increase by 15% by the end of 2015 and will align with newly adopted Emergency Models of Care.

The Emergency Department has a growing staff including:

  • 8.25 FTE Emergency Physicians (Staff Specialists)
  • 0.4 Visiting Specialist (VMO)
  • 1 FTE Non-FACEM Staff Specialist
  • 1 FTE Paediatrician for our the Paediatric Area (Staff Specialist)
  • 4 FTE Career Medical Staff (non-specialist but experienced)
  • 20 FTE Emergency Trainees
  • 4 Critical Care SRMOs
  • 12 FTE Emergency Residents
  • 12 FTE Interns

Wollongong Hospital has strong links with the University of Wollongong Graduate School of Medicine – new school, new opportunities in education and research. A newly commissioned Simulation Centre provides state of the art training and further educational opportunities. An innovative teaching program is provided during 4 hours of protected time. An effective Primary and Fellowship preparation course is also well established.

Subsidised rental packages exist for the first 3 months of employment.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Serena Ayers        
Director of Emergency Medicine      
Serena.Ayers@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Dr. Peter Smith          
Co-Director of Emergency Medicine Training          
Peter.Smith@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Dr. Paul Labana         
Co-Director of Emergency Medicine Training      
Paul.Labana@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

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