Admission to The Townsville Hospital
Patients who are required to stay in hospital overnight are known as ‘inpatients’.
Surgical, medical and maternity patients
Please present to the central admissions area located in the front foyer at the main entrance to the hospital.
Women in labour
Please proceed directly to the birth suite where you will be admitted.
Hyperbaric, renal or oncology patients
Please present at the relevant unit for admission.
If you are unsure of where to go, visit central admissions in the foyer of The Townsville Hospital or have a chat to one of our friendly volunteers.
What to bring
Patients coming to The Townsville Hospital overnight should pack the following items:
- admission advice
- completed admission form
- night attire (you may bring your own or use a gown provided by the hospital – please label your belongings with your name)
- dressing gown and slippers
- a small amount of money for personal needs such as taxi fare home or using a payphone
- any prescription medicine
- Medicare Card
- Pension Card
- Health Care Card
- name and contact number for your next of kin
A bedside locker is situated next to each bed for your personal belongings; however, we strongly recommend that you do not bring any valuables to hospital.
While you can be assured that our staff will take every care, the hospital cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to any property you keep at your bedside.
Hospitals don’t use the traditional ‘first-come first-served’ approach when it comes to treating patients. Hospitals triage, or sort, patients based on how urgently they need to be seen. This means patients with immediate or life-threatening illness or injury will be seen before patients with less-serious problems. While every effort is made to see patients for their scheduled appointment or surgery, sometimes emergencies may mean we have to reschedule. In the event that your appointment or surgery is rescheduled, we will let you know as soon as possible and fit you in at the earliest available time slot.