Boutique Country Hospitals

Perhaps working in a small friendly country hospital is more your style…


Kempsey District Hospital

In the Mid North Coast Local Health District, Kempsey District Hospital, located in the beautiful Macleay Valley, is the largest of the District level facilities.  The nearby coastal towns and villages of South West Rocks, Crescent Heads, Hat Head, Grassy Head and Stuarts Point are located within easy driving distance.

kempsey-635Kempsey Health Campus has 84 beds, 10 of which are used for voluntary mental health patients.

It provides range of services services  and a 24 hour Emergency Department that is staffed by local GP VMOs supplemented by career medical officers. Surgical services include general, gynaecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, dental and endoscopies, Day Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics (Shoulders, arthroscopies –day stay or overnight procedures only), Endoscopies & Colonoscopies, some urology, elective and emergency Caesarean Sections at designated level.

In May 2012, the NSW Government and the Australian Government announced a major capital investment of $80 million for the Kempsey District Hospital Redevelopment. The NSW Government will provide $40 million and the Australian Government will provide $40 million through the Health and Hospitals Fund. Services The Kempsey District Hospital Redevelopment will provide increased service capacity, and new ways in which services are delivered to best meet the changing and unique health care needs of the community.

The Redevelopment will deliver: 

  • New main entrance (facing Polwood Street)
  • New and expanded emergency department
  • New emergency medical unit
  • Establishment of an integrated community care centre
  • New x-ray, ultrasound, and CT (medical imaging) department. New acute hospital beds
  • New and expanded high dependency and coronary care unit
  • New operating theatres with expanded day surgery unit
  • New clinical support services
  • Major expansion of renal dialysis services
  • Major expansion of oral health services
  • Relocation / expansion of several primary health care and community services
  • Reconfiguration and expansion of several primary health care and community services
  • New and reconfigured parking.

The Macleay Valley Coast sits within the Dunghutti Nation. KDH has a focus on Aboriginal Identification and participation in ten delivery of services to the community. The campus has 6 Aboriginal School Base trainees across a range of disciplines.

The Macleay Valley Coast is a special place where relaxation is the order of the day.  The mighty Macleay River and many creeks and rivers, mountains, tranquil rural settings, pristine beaches, protected National Parks, historic buildings, industry, art and various cultural.


Bellinger River District Hospital


Bellinger River District Hospital

Bellinger River District Hospital is a 36 bed acute facility providing medical services to residents of Bellingen Local Government Area.

Bellingen Hospital forms part of the network of services working closely with Coffs Harbour Health Campus. Services provided include emergency medicine, general medicine, aged care and day surgery. Medical services are provided by General Practitioners.  Surgical Services, which are predominantly day only, are provided by specialist surgeons and anaesthetists. There are no Staff Specialists on site at the hospital. There is a planned low risk birthing service, but services are limited due to limited availability of Midwives.

Bellingen is a small town with a population of approximately 2,721 on Waterfall Way set on the beautiful Bellinger River.  Bellingen is well known in NSW for its alternative lifestyle  and its strong affinity with the arts. It is home to numerous festivals: the popular Global music Carnival ,the Bellingen Jazz and Blues Festival, Camp Creative, the Bellingen Music Festival (classical music) and the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.


Wauchope District Memorial Hospital


The Wauchope Health Campus consists of Wauchope District Memorial Hospital and Wauchope Community Health Centre. Wauchope Hospital provides a twenty four hour service.

Medical services are provided by General Practitioners and specialist Surgeons and Anaesthetists contracted to the Health District. Wauchope District Memorial Hospital currently has 26 inpatient beds, 8 General Rehabilitation, 6 Palliative Care and 12 General Medical beds. There is one operating theatre for Day only surgery, including endoscopy, orthopaedic, gynaecology, and urology. Planning is currently underway for an newly constructed 8 bed Palliative Care unit – scheduled for completion in April 2014.


Macksville District Hospital
Front view of the Macksville District Hospital


The new Macksville District Hospital is a rural hospital which predominantly provides services at role delineation level 2/3 for residents of Nambucca Local Government Area.

The new hospital  includes 42 Inpatient beds plus Emergency Department, Perioperative Services and Day Procedure Unit, Maternity and Tresillian Services, Allied and Community Health Services.

Services Offered at Macksville District Hospital

The hospital provides 24 hour inpatient and Emergency Department services, low complexity low risk birthing, low risk surgical and day procedures provided by specialist surgeons and GP anaesthetists.  

There are also outreach clinics for Haematology, Outpatient services for Allied and Community Health Services.

Medical services are provided by General Practitioners and Emergency Medicine Specialists.


Dorrigo Plateau Multi-Purpose Service
Dorrigo Health Campus

Dorrigo Plateau Multi-Purpose Service is located in Dorrigo on the top of the Dorrigo plateau.

Services provided include Emergency, General Medicine, Aged and Nursing Home Care. Dorrigo Plateau Multi-purpose Service is a 27 bed facility with six inpatient beds for acute care , 21 flexible care places (14 high, 7 low care), and an emergency department. A limited range of community and allied health services are also available. Ambulatory care services are available to facilitate hospital care substitution and post discharge support for patients and carers on an outreach basis from Coffs Harbour Health Campus. Local General Practitioners provide medical cover for the ED and inpatient beds. There are some low risk minor general surgical procedures undertaken under local anaesthetic.

Dorrigo is an historic town established in 1840.  As graziers moved eastward from Armidale in search of more pastures, they discovered the rich volcanic soils around Dorrigo. Today Dorrigo stands as the gateway to the impressive Dorrigo National Park. Dorrigo has one of the few bakeries in Australia that still uses a wood fired oven. The local paper is still printed in the town on their own presses. Dorrigo is a popular winter getaway, popular for its bushwalking.