Our Services

High Dependency Unit

An integral part of the hospital, Burnside’s High Dependency Unit (HDU) allows for closer monitoring of patients than is possible on the general wards.

This may be necessary for a variety of reasons: including specialised ways of providing pain relief, the type of anaesthetic administered, medication management, airway observation, or pre-existing medical history. We have well-structured and rigorous assessment and review policies and procedures for patients considered to be higher risk, so with more complex clinical needs this category of patients can be more carefully assessed to ensure suitability for admission to Burnside Hospital.

Maintaining safety at Burnside Hospital is our single highest priority. Our High Dependency Unit has 24 hour, seven day a week medical support from a group of accredited Intensive Care Specialists who manage more complex medical conditions as required.

The HDU is staffed by Registered Nurses skilled in High Dependency Nursing.  These nurses work closely with the medical team, ensuring all aspects of your treatment are carried out as directed.

Your medical requirements in the event of an emergency, either in or out of business hours will be managed by the Medical Emergency Team (MET) comprising of advanced life support qualified nurses, your admitting doctor and supported by the 24 hour, on call Intensive Care Specialist.

As per all acute care units, male and female patients will be required to share the same room at times. However, every effort is made to ensure privacy.

All personal belongings are stored within the unit and we ask that all valuables be taken home where possible. Alternative arrangements can be made with nursing staff if necessary.

Due to limited space requirements for specialised equipment, flowers are not allowed within the unit.


For further information:

Phone: 8202 7222

Email: hdu@burnsidehospital.asn.au 


"The greeting and reception area and staff were wonderful. All staff treated me with respect, dignity and kindness. They explained everything in detail and nothing was too much trouble for them. If you have to be ill, this is the place to be cared for. Thank you."

- Patient, High Dependency Unit, June 2015

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