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Royal Darwin Hospital and Trauma Centre on standby following Bali earthquake

Royal Darwin Hospital and the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) are on standby to respond following the large undersea earthquake that struck Bali earlier today.

The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre has a four-member Needs Assessment Team ready to deploy if required. Royal Darwin Hospital has activated its Disaster Management Plan.

The NCCTRC and RDH have been in contact with senior staff at Bali’s Sanglah Hospital, according to NCCTRC Executive Director Dr Len Notaras, and been informed that at this stage they are able to cope with the patient numbers.

“We have been advised in discussion with Sanglah Hospital that 80 patients were treated with 75 discharged,’’ Dr Notaras said.

“We have also been advised that to date there has been no loss of life.”

Royal Darwin Hospital and Sanglah Hospital have been developing a sister-hospital relationship.

Seventeen nurses and four doctors from Sanglah Hospital recently completed a training rotation at Royal Darwin Hospital.