For your convenience, there is an ATM located in the front foyer of the hospital.
Our onsite cafe is located on the ground floor, off the main corridor. Light meals, snacks and drinks are available along with newspapers and magazines.
Monday – Friday: 8.00am-4.00pm
If you provide your religious details on admission and consent to visits, be aware that your name will appear on a list that is given to pastoral care workers. You may receive a visit from a member of the church. If you do not consent to visits your name will not appear on the list.
Northeast Health Wangaratta is committed to providing accessible, safe and inclusive care for all people who identify as living with a disability.
Disability Liaison Officer (DLO)
Phone: 03 5722 5893
Mobile: 0427 416 960
David is the contact person and advocate within the healthcare system for people with disability. David is the link between local community health services and the hospital.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Support
We have a strong focus on making sure that people with disability can access testing and treatment for COVID-19. David can help you to:
- Access COVID-19 testing and treatment
- Access and attend COVID-19 vaccination appointments
- Plan for any changes in your care if you were to be diagnosed with COVID-19 or need to self isolate
- Attend your usual health and medical services.
Disability Support Officer (DSO)
Mobile: SMS only 0427 699 570
Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 9.00am to 3.00pm
Tracey is the support person and advocate for patients, staff, volunteers and students with disability at Northeast Health Wangaratta. Tracey can:
- Help you find your way around the hospital
- Help you to understand hospital forms
- Provide reassurance during your day surgery
- Stay with you when your family or carer is not present.
Find out more about Disability Support at NHW.
NHW says NO to family violence
Family violence is a serious health concern and can significantly affect a person's health and wellbeing. It is a complex issue and can affect anyone of any age. We have a crucial role in the health and safety of our community and are often the initial contact point for people who have experienced or are experiencing family violence. Our health professionals are trained to identify the warning signs, respond sensitively and respectfully, and connect those affected by family violence to the services and the support they need. So if you or someone you know is in our care and experiencing family violence, our staff are here to help.
Northeast Health Wangaratta is committed to strengthening our response to family violence by:
TRAINING our staff to better identify and respond to family violence.
SUPPORTING our staff and community members through early intervention that addresses the underlying causes of family violence.
ENGAGING with our staff and community members to develop resources, policies and pathways to better respond to family violence.
PARTNERING with other local services to stop family violence
For more information visit our page on Family Violence
At Northeast Health we have strict precautions in place to help prevent the spread of infections or disease by patients, visitors and staff. Our policies ensure that all our equipment is maintained according to Australian Standards and Guidelines. Hand washing, high standards of housekeeping, the use of sterile techniques and equipment are part of the efforts our staff make to ensure your speedy recovery and to reduce the risk of infection. Healthcare workers, whilst caring for patients, may wear gowns, gloves, mask and/or eye protection as part of standard precautionary measures implemented to minimise the risk of cross infection and protect the well-being of both patients and healthcare workers. Everyone can help break the chain of infection by taking a few basic precautions. Wash your Hands:
- After personal hygiene (for example; using the toilet)
- Before and after eating
- Before and after touching your operation wound area or any dressing you may have
- After using tissues when coughing or sneezing
- After touching body fluids or waste
- When leaving your room
Please inform the nursing staff if you have any concerns regarding the cleanliness of the ward or bathrooms. Download consumer factsheets with information on healthcare-associated infections;
Northeast Health Wangaratta is a public health facility. All patients utilising this facility for health care treatment must have a Medicare card. Those who are not eligible for Medicare benefits or have no Medicare card must organise payment for their treatment.
Medicare ineligible patients and maternity patients are responsible for organising health insurance cover or money to cover their health care costs.
Find out more information on;
or phone the Patient Services team on (03) 5722 5254.
If you have any operation or procedure performed, you will be required to sign a consent form. Before you sign a consent form it is important that you fully understand the procedure, treatment or operation.
If you are not sure about any aspect of the procedure, please ask for another explanation before you sign the form. Proposed surgery or treatments cannot proceed unless consent is given.
At Northeast Health we are working towards Rainbow Tick Accreditation, which means we are aiming to improve accessibility, safety and inclusion for the LGBTQIA+ community, and allies, and that they feel valued and respected (whether or not they disclose).
LGBTQIA+ refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, queer, intersex and asexual individuals, with the ‘+’ acknowledging that the acronym doesn’t include the entire range of sex, sexuality and gender diversity within the community.
As a patient/client of NHW, you have the right to:
- Access to services to meet your healthcare needs,
- Receive safe and high-quality health services,
- Respect is shown to you and your culture, beliefs, values and personal characteristics,
- Receive open, timely and appropriate communication about your healthcare in a way you can understand, and
- Participate alongside medical professionals to make decisions about your own care.
What the staff at NHW will do:
- Treat you with respect and dignity,
- Ensure your details are kept confidential,
- Not make assumptions,
- Only ask about sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status when relevant to your care,
- Only ask about surgical history, physical health and medication when clinically relevant, and ask for your permission when documenting this,
- Ask who it is ok to share your personal information with (for example, when referrals are made, handover to other staff members),
- Speak up against discrimination, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and intersexism, and
- Value and celebrate diversity.
How you can help:
- Be respectful of LGBTQIA+ staff, and use their pronouns,
- Please be patient with new staff developing their inclusive language skills,
- Be respectful of other patients and families who identify as LGBTIQA+ and help to ensure everyone feels safe,
- If you witness others in the hospital using discriminatory language, please report the incident to a staff member if safe to do so, otherwise please use the complaints information below.
Building on our organisational values of caring, excellence, respect, integrity and fairness, we’re committed to improving and working towards inclusive practice for LGBTQIA+ patients, carers, visitors and staff.
What we want you to know:
- We will accept and respect your gender identity and will use the pronouns you tell us.
- We will do our best to make sure any referrals we make on your behalf are to services or organisations that are LGBTQIA+ friendly.
- No one at NHW is allowed to make homophobic, transphobic, biphobic or intersexist comments, or discriminate against you in any way.
- A staff member will intervene if they see or hear you being treated unfairly and will check that you’re ok.
- If you experience anything that makes you uncomfortable – you can make a complaint that will be investigated.
How do I give feedback? Providing you with safe, high-quality health care service is very important to us. We value any feedback about our service, whether it be a suggestion, a complaint or a compliment. You can:
At Northeast Health we are committed to providing a safe workplace for its staff. There is zero tolerance towards violence and aggression. People who damage property, abuse, make threats or assault our staff will be reported to police for further action.
Safe working practices also include the full use of the No-Lift program. Our staff are fully trained and undergo annual testing in the safe use of equipment and correct patient handling techniques. Wherever heavy manual handling of patients needs to occur, an appropriate lifting device will be used.
Limited car parking is available in surrounding streets and a staff/visitors car park is located in Docker Street, opposite the Thomas Hogan Centre. Short term parking for the drop off/collection of patients is available at the front of the hospital. Disabled car parking spaces are also available in this area- stickers must be displayed.
NHW is well serviced by buses, with a bus stop at the front of the hospital in Green Street. The train station is only a short walk away. All route information and timetables are available from the main desk in the front foyer, ground floor. Taxis can be accessed by calling 131 008 for the cost of a local call.
The Pastoral & Spiritual Care team at Northeast Health Wangaratta gives emotional and spiritual support to residents, patients, families, staff and volunteers. The service is available to everyone, regardless of faith, tradition, religion or beliefs.
Our staff offer companionship and support. We listen to you in a way that allows you to explore and express your hopes and concerns while drawing on your own spiritual and personal resources.
Any patient attending Northeast Health for any reason has the right to privacy under the Health Services Act 1988 (as amended 2001) and the Health Records Act 2001.
A brochure is available for patients and visitors called What happens to information about me? outlining what is done with the data and notes collected during your admission to hospital.
You will be asked to consent to information about your stay being sent to your local doctor. If you wish to change this at any time during your stay or afterwards then please contact the Privacy Officer on (03) 5722 5233.
Access to Patient Information
Requests for medical information for continuing care
If you require medical information to be sent to a health professional for continuing care, ask the health professional to make an official request in writing (on letterhead) so that we can ensure the correct information is provided. This information is provided at no charge. Such requests can be faxed to Health Information Services on 03 5721 3020.
Requests for X-rays or scans
If you require copies of your own x-rays or scans only, contact the Medical Imaging Department directly, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm on telephone 03 5722 5011. The Medical Imaging Department may charge separately for this.
Requests for the x-rays or scans of another person must be through the Freedom of Information process – see below ‘Requests to obtain copies of medical information’.
Requests to obtain copies of medical information
You have the right to request access to your medical record and personal information held by NHW in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act) and the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).
It is possible to obtain copies of information, view information or request an amendment to information that is incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading.
You can also request access to the medical information of another person, with their written consent.
Find out more about Patient Information - Privacy, Confidentiality & Access
We understand that coming to hospital can be very overwhelming and we will do all we can to make your stay with us as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
You will be contacted approximately two days prior to your admission to hospital. This call is a great opportunity to ask any questions that you may have in relation to your procedure and to confirm any instructions you have received about what you need to do to prepare for an operation or procedure (including any limitations on eating, drinking and smoking before).
What you should bring to the hospital
Information and Documents
- Medicare card
- Healthcare card/pension card, if applicable
- Private health card, DVA card, if applicable
- Work Cover / TAC details, if applicable
- Referral letters
- X-rays or test results
- Contact details of two family members or friends who can be contacted if necessary
- Advance Care Directive*
- Medical Treatment Decision Maker*
- DHHS Guardianship documentation*
* Please supply the original or a certified copy
- All medications in original packaging. Include inhalers, patches, eye drops, vitamins, insulin
- Allergy information
- Hearing aids
- Walking aids
- CPAP machines
- Nightwear – with loose fitting arms or legs to allow for bandages, IV lines, etc.
- Dressing gown
- Personal hygiene items - Toothbrush and paste, soap, comb, deodorant, shampoo and shaving kit.
- Casual clothes - Loose fitting comfortable clothes
- Non-slip Slippers/shoes that are easy to put on /off
- Reading material
- Mobile phone and charger
- laptop/tablet and charger
- Credit Card to hire TV
Please only bring a small bag similar in size to airline carry-on baggage for your clothing and personal items as storage is limited.
Please make sure that valuables and large amounts of money are left at home. If you do need to bring them to the hospital for any reason, items will need to be listed on your admission form. Please ensure these items are then placed in the hospital safe. On discharge from the hospital, all valuables will be returned to you.
Note: Northeast Health will not be held responsible for lost valuables if they have not been placed in the hospital safe on admission. No responsibility will be taken for valuables left in your room.
On the day of your procedure
- Shower before arriving at hospital / with pre-op washes if this has been provided for your surgery.
- Wear clean comfortable clothes
- DO NOT APPLY
- Skin lotions/ oils/ powder
- Hair Products
- All Jewellery including body piercings
- Nail polish, ALL artificial/ gel nails etc
- DO NOT BRING
- Sentimental items
- Excessive money
Updated: August 2021
Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Act 2015 sets the minimum staff to patient ratios so that everyone can get safe, quality care no matter where they go. Below is the nurse to patient and midwife to patient ratios at Northeast Health Wangaratta.
Critical Care Unit
Total number of occupied beds: 8
Nurse to patient ratios
|Morning Shift||1 nurse to 1 patient 1 nurse in charge||1 nurse to 2 patients 1 nurse in charge||1 nurse to 2 patients 1 nurse in charge|
|Afternoon Shift||1 nurse to 1 patient 1 nurse in charge||1 nurse to 2 patients 1 nurse in charge||1 nurse to 2 patients 1 nurse in charge|
|Night Shift||1 nurse to 1 patient||1 nurse to 2 patients||1 nurse to 3 patients|
|Expected number of occupied beds||1||4||3|
Illoura Residential Aged Care Wing 1 and 2
Total number of occupied beds: 41
Nurse to patient ratios
|Morning Shift||1 nurse to 7 patients 1 nurse in charge||1 nurse to 5 patients 1 nurse in charge|
|Afternoon Shift||1 nurse to 8 patients 1 nurse in charge||1 nurse to 5 patients 1 nurse in charge|
|Night Shift||1 nurse to 15 patients||1 nurse to 10 patients|
|Expected number of occupied beds||35||6|
Total number of occupied beds: 16
Nurse to patient ratios
|Birth Suite||Post Natal||Special Care Nursery|
|Morning Shift||1 nurse to 4 patients 1 nurse in charge||1 nurse to 4 patients 1 nurse in charge||1 nurse to 4 patients 1 nurse in charge|
|Afternoon Shift||1 nurse to 4 patients 1 nurse in charge||1 nurse to 4 patients 1 nurse in charge||1 nurse to 4 patients 1 nurse in charge|
|Night Shift||1 nurse to 4 patients||1 nurse to 6 patients||1 nurse to 4 patients|
|Expected number of occupied beds||4||6||4|
Thomas Hogan Rehabilitation Centre
Total number of occupied beds: 15
Nurse to patient ratios
|Morning Shift||1 nurse to 5 patients 1 nurse in charge|
|Afternoon Shift||1 nurse to 5 patients 1 nurse in charge|
|Night Shift||1 nurse to 10 patients|
|Expected number of occupied beds||15|
Find out more about the Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Act 2015
Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW) is proud to be a member of the Victorian Network of Smoke-free Healthcare Services and is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment. As part of this, it is NHW’s policy that smoking is not permitted on NHW campuses at any time. This includes all buildings and grounds/outdoor areas. For more information read the NHW Smoke free Policy brochure.
Each bed has its own remote-controlled television. These TVs are provided by an external service called HTR, with a daily cost to the patient. An HTR representative visits each day to collect payment and connect TVs. Connections can also be made by calling 1800 063 829 or online www.hosteltv.com.au using a credit card.
Closed Captions are available.
Please call 1800 063 829 or speak to an HTR representative to activate Closed Captions on your TV.
Supporting travellers by providing simple, practical travel-related support and aid that helps them travel independently and confidently. Trained volunteers can accompany regional travellers to and from their medical appointments in central Melbourne or Albury/Wodonga, giving them the confidence they need to keep their health appointments.
For more information please visit the website www.travellersaid.org.au
Your guide to surgery at Northeast Health Wangaratta.pdf is designed to provide you with important information about the time before, during and after your surgery at Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW).
Please take the time, together with your family, to read this guide and talk about this information. If you have any questions please ask your surgeon or hospital staff.
As a patient/client of Northeast Health, you have the right to:
- Receive a prompt response in emergencies
- Care from appropriately qualified health professionals
- Expect a safe and secure environment
- Be treated with respect, consideration and dignity
- Confidentiality regarding all personal and medical details
- Give your informed consent to, or refuse any treatment
- Timely and understandable information about your condition
- Access to an interpreter if necessary
- Express your dissatisfaction or satisfaction with our service
- Be actively involved in your care and treatment
As a patient/client of Northeast Health, we ask that you:
- Are courteous and considerate to other patients and to treating staff
- Provide, to the best of your knowledge, accurate information about your current and previous medical problems, medications, visits to hospital, insurance status, allergies and other matters relating to your state of health in order to help our staff care for you.
- Inform staff if consent for treatment is withheld or withdrawn
- Seek clarification if you do not understand any information or instructions given to you
- To be actively involved in your care and treatment
- Discuss any worries/ concerns with a relevant member of staff.
- Comply with health advice and medical instructions
- Respect hospital policies
- Pay account promptly
We encourage you to support Northeast Health Wangaratta by using your private health insurance.
By choosing to use your private health insurance you will be entitled to the following benefits:
- no ‘out of pocket’ expenses for accommodation, theatre, prostheses, radiology and pathology
- treatment provided by a consultant/surgeon/specialist
- excess and co-payments that apply to your insurance policy while an admitted inpatient at Northeast Health will be covered
- free TV rental
- free daily newspaper from Monday to Friday.
Using your private health insurance will actively support us to:
- Maintain facilities
- Purchase new equipment
- Recruit more staff
- Improve patient services.
For more information phone the Patient Services team on (03) 5722 5254.