Wagga Wagga Base Hospital


Wagga Wagga Base Hospital | Emergency Network 3

Situated halfway between Sydney and Melbourne (a 5 hour drive GPO to GPO with more than 7 flights to Sydney each day), Wagga Wagga is the largest inland city in New South Wales with a population of over 65,000.

Wagga Wagga Base Hospital (WWBH) is a 265-bed rural referral hospital with all major subspecialties excluding cardiothoracic and neurosurgery. It is the largest referral hospital in the Murrumbidgee Local health District and one of the busiest rural hospitals in NSW. Currently the Emergency Department sees more than 35,000 patients per year with upwards of 17,000 admissions and has 16/24 per day 7 day a week FACEM cover.

Trainees see everything that comes through the door of the Department, including Paediatrics, and can refer locally. WWBH is the regional centre for:

  • Trauma
  • Imaging
  • Cardiac (PTCA)
  • Stroke
  • Paediatric
  • Mental Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Renal
  • Orthopaedic
  • Vascular
  • Respiratory

WWBH offers Australasian College of Emergency Medicine accreditation of 6 months, with other rotations available within Wagga Wagga, such as Anaesthetics, Medicine & Paediatrics. It also has an active dedicated time teaching programme with face-to-face sessions, simulation time and web-based teaching aimed at patient care and passing the examinations.

A redevelopment of Wagga Wagga Base Hospital is currently underway which includes a much larger Emergency Department and a significant increase in the number of beds. The planned completion date is November 2015.

Both the University Of New South Wales and the University Of Notre Dame have clinical schools in Wagga Wagga and the WWBH accommodates Medical Students from both these universities.

For further information, please contact:

A/Prof. Shane Curran
Shane.Curran@gsahs.health.nsw.gov.au