Going to hospital
If you attend a hospital for medical treatment, you will attend as either an:
- Outpatient – if you receive medical treatment or care but are not ‘admitted’ to stay in the hospital. For example, you receive scans like an x-ray, need to see a specialist doctor based in the hospital or some visits to the emergency department.
- Inpatient – if you are formally ‘admitted’ to hospital by a doctor who decides that you need care in a hospital. If you need surgery or intensive care, you will usually be assigned a bed in a ward or a room. Sometimes if you attend the emergency department you can be admitted as an inpatient if you need ongoing care.
If you’re not sure whether you’re being admitted, please check with your doctor.
What you need to know about going to hospital
Learn what you should bring to hospital as an inpatient or an outpatient, including for surgery or if you are admitted for care, in Tasmania.
Find out what to expect if you are admitted to hospital in Tasmania including where you will stay, what to bring and who will look after you.
Find out about having an outpatient appointment in a hospital clinic or via telehealth in Tasmania. This includes how to book, costs and what to bring with you.
Find information about visiting a hospital emergency department in Tasmania. This includes locations, what to bring and other services to help you in a crisis.