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The Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services provides hospital services through three major hospitals, 20 rural hospital sites and multi-purpose service centres, and one palliative care centre. Tertiary services are provided in limited locations and include neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, neo-natal intensive care, vascular surgery, specialised paediatric surgery and a severe burns unit. Secondary hospital services such as general medicine and general surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and paediatric services are more widely available throughout the state.
Some public hospital services are purchased from the private sector. Major contracted patient services include maternity services (North West Private Hospital),and ophthalmology (Tasmanian Eye Clinic, Launceston Eye Clinic and North West Private Hospital). Diagnostic pathology and imaging services are also contracted for the North West Regional Hospital, as are nuclear medicine services at the Launceston General Hospital. There is also a partnership between the Royal Hobart Hospital and the Hobart Private Hospital with respect to some patient care and support services.
Multi-site private services include:
(Source: Reforms for the 21st Century: The Tasmanian Hospital System: Report of the Expert Advisory Group Review into Key Issues or Public and Private Hospital Services in Tasmania, May 2004, Department of Health and Human Services)