Katherine District Hospital

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Katherine District Hospital
LocationKatherine, Northern Territory, Australia
Coordinatestype:landmark 14°26′20″S 132°16′20″E / 14.43889°S 132.27222°E / -14.43889; 132.27222Coordinates: type:landmark 14°26′20″S 132°16′20″E / 14.43889°S 132.27222°E / -14.43889; 132.27222
Care systemPublic Medicare (AU)
Hospital typeDistrict
Emergency departmentYes
WebsiteOfficial Website
ListsHospitals in Australia

Katherine District Hospital is a district public hospital servicing the Katherine Region in the Northern Territory, Australia. It is located 3 km (1.9 mi) from the centre of town on the banks of the Katherine River, overlooking Knott's Crossing. It services an area of 336,674 km2 (129,991 sq mi). Around 85% percent of its patients are Aboriginal people,[1] many from some of the most remote communities in Australia. It is operated by the Northern Territory Government Department of Health.

The hospital has twice been evacuated due to water inundation during the floods in 1998 and 2006, leading to pressure from the Katherine Town Council on the Territory Government to relocate the hospital to higher ground, at an estimated cost of $50 million.[1][2]


The hospital provides a 24-hour emergency department as well as general medical and surgical wards, an operating theatre, a maternity ward, 18 bed children's ward, pathology laboratory, a radiography department equipped to perform basic x-ray and ultrasound scans, and a renal unit.[3] Pharmacy and specialized outpatient services are also accessible.[1]

The renal dialysis unit open in May 2000, providing an option for ongoing treatment for kidney disease. The facility accommodates the local Jawoyn people by providing local care which was previously only available in Darwin, forcing patients to relocate.[4]

The hospital employs Aboriginal liaison and support officers and is regularly visit by specialists from Darwin. The Northern Territory Aeromedical Service offers patient retrieval and transfer to Royal Darwin Hospital, the region's tertiary referral hospital from a base in Katherine. The hospital maintains a small academic library.[5]


In the 2011-2012 financial year, Katherine District Hospital conducted 440 elective surgeries and handled 14,311 Emergency Department presentations. Waiting times in the emergency department were varied from the national average, with shorter waits for urgent treatments according to the Australian Government's My Hospital website with 69% of patients treated with 30 minutes. Elective surgeries were not compared, but the median waiting time for urgent cases was 15 days.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Katherine Hospital and Ambulance Station" (PDF). Infrastructure Australia. 14 October 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2012.
  2. ^ James, Melinda (22 September 2006). "Katherine's new flood plan (Stateline transcript)". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  3. ^ Katherine Hospital. "Services". Northern Territory Government Dept. of Health. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Katherine renal dialysis unit". Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. 15 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Katherine" (PDF). Rhino - Rural Health in the Northern Outback. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  6. ^ National Health Performance Authority. "Katherine Hospital services provided". Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 25 January 2014.