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Introduction

Sydney Children's Hospital

Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick and Community Child Health Services encompass an acute care facility as well as associated outreach and community based services. The Hospital is one of three tertiary centres for child health in New South Wales. We provide the most complex (level 6) and comprehensive range of services in paediatric and adolescent medicine and surgery as well as child protection.

We also look after a local community for all matters relating to child health, including a range of community services.

Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick has a long history of networking, outreach and state-wide involvement in services, education and support.

We continue to maintain strong national and international relationships in clinical, research and organisational domains.

We regularly consult with parents and consumers to provide the best possible care and outcomes for patients and their families. Our success is a product of a three-way partnership between our professional team, patient families and our community support base.

As we grow and are able to provide care for local, rural and regional, interstate and overseas patients, we never lose sight of our mission. Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families through promoting wellness and caring for illness efficiently, effectively, compassionately and without discrimination.

We are your Children's Hospital.

Children First and Foremost

Our priority is children's health. To achieve the best results we work as a team to ensure children receive personalised, high quality treatment while in our care. We strive to create an atmosphere of warmth, caring and assurance for sick children, parents and families.

This very special spirit identifies Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick and is embodied with pride by all our staff.

Sydney Children's Hospital

Most of all, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick is known for its dedication and service to children which is summed up in our motto:

Children first and foremost.

Mission Statement, Corporate Vision and Strategic Plan

Corporate Vision

Our vision is to provide world class leadership on child health issues.

Mission

Sydney Children's Hospital aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families through promoting wellness and caring for illness effectively, efficiently, compassionately and equitably.

Strategic Plan

Our Beginnings

Our beginnings...can be traced back to the Catherine Hayes Hospital at Randwick which cared for destitute children from 1870.

Sydney Children's Hospital

In 1964 we became the teaching hospital for the University of New South Wales. The goal of our founder, Professor John Beveridge, was that Sydney Children's Hospital (then named Prince of Wales Children's Hospital) would be a place where caring for children was what mattered most.

Since the early '90s, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick has undergone an enormous amount of change to cater for increases in patient admissions and changes in community needs.

In 1994 a dedicated redevelopment program began, which cost $46.5 million, of which $10 million was donated by the general and corporate community.

We provide the highest quality of comprehensive medical services for the children and families of NSW and beyond. The quality and extent of the work conducted here ensures we are recognised, nationally and internationally, as a centre of excellence for child health.

We have a full range of specialist services which treat children with many conditions including cancer, trauma, HIV/AIDS, congenital abnormalities, disabilities, heart disease and respiratory disorders.

In 2003 we opened our new community child health precinct on the Randwick campus, corner of Barker and Avoca Streets. The centre accommodates our community health services, including services for children with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders and other behavioural issues.

World Leaders

At Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick excellence in service is inseparable from research and education. This commitment ensures the best of care for children of this and future generations.

Teaching is provided in allied health disciplines, nursing and medicine. Clinical education in child health for students, junior staff, allied health and nursing staff, and continuing education for general practitioners, as well as senior paediatricians, have contributed to the outstanding international reputation of the Hospital.

We have pioneered many advances in medical science and our commitment is to maintain this leadership in child health and to continually explore new horizons.

Research endeavours at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick which have had international impact include:

  • The work of the paediatric HIV centre in the prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child.
  • Mapping and treating the origins of epileptic brain activity in those children who are highly resistant to conventional treatments.
  • Leading the way in the field of Bone Marrow Transplants from the first successful transplant in Australia in 1979 to the establishment of the Australian Cord Blood Bank in 1999.
  • Largest integrated children's cancer service and research centre in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Pioneering paediatric pain research.
  • Developing new techniques in the surgery of the unborn child.
  • Piloting chemotherapy regimens on very young children with brain tumours.
  • Improving outcomes for the treatment of children with asthma, including Australia-first research in collaboration with the University of NSW.
  • Leading research into the treatment of children with cystic fibrosis.
  • Home of the Sydney Craniofacial Surgery Centre.
  • Leader in rural and regional telehealth services.
  • Initiating the first Neonatal Hearing Screening program in 1999. The program extended across all public health facilities in NSW in mid-2002.
  • First kidney transplant performed on a child under 12 months in Australia.
  • Establishment of a lung function testing protocol for infants.
  • First EXIT procedure performed in Australia to assist a baby to breathe during a complicated birth.
  • Pioneers of play activity and diversional therapy for children in Hospital.
  • First Nasal Function Unit in NSW.
  • First gait laboratory for children in NSW.
  • Leaders in sleep medicine and sleep research for children.
  • Neural stem cell program.
  • Pioneering work in research activities related to the gastrointestinal tract.

Our Care

Our dedicated staff are experts in caring for ill and injured children. We know we can make a difference to the children in Hospital by combining compassion with the most specialised and sophisticated health care possible.

We focus on preventative medicine and health promotion. Our other main objective is to provide superior care for children in need and to restore their physical and emotional health without compromising their comfort or opportunity of having a bright future. Most importantly, we offer 'total care' because we consider the whole family, not just the child.

Our patients come from all over NSW, interstate and overseas. The Hospital currently admits over 14,000 children each year and looks after over 200,000 children through its emergency, outpatient and outreach services for illnesses such as cystic fibrosis, cancer, asthma and congenital diseases, to mention but a few.

We care for newborns through to adolescents, from day-only care to continual care throughout a child's life. Our Emergency Department, operates every hour of the year looking after children with traumatic injuries, serious illness and common acute paediatric medical and surgical problems.

Sydney Children's Hospital, is part of the Randwick Campus adjacent to the adult Prince of Wales Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women, in close proximity to the University of New South Wales.

Together, we are the largest complex of teaching hospitals in Australia with facilities equal to any in the world. Shared laboratories, imaging and scanning services, operating theatres and other infrastructures provide "state of the art" equipment and cost effective health care.

Our strategy of care means that we provide the highest quality of medical care, with emphasis on limiting the disruption to child and family.

A Hospital Designed for Children

From the minute you walk in the door you know you are in a place designed with children in mind.

The Hospital is a colourful and safe environment with children's artwork displayed in the corridors and on the wards. Every ward has a special play room which is a treatment free zone. This allows each child the freedom to play and create as they please whenever their busy Hospital schedule allows.

Sydney Children's Hospital

While being in Hospital can be daunting we try very hard to make our patients and their families feel comfortable and secure.

A Teaching Hospital

Sydney Children’s Hospital is a major teaching hospital that trains health professionals including medical students. You may be asked if your child can be seen by these health professionals for teaching purposes. Your support for this important role is greatly appreciated.

What We Do

Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick provides comprehensive services for the children of NSW and beyond.

For further details of these and our other services, please consult the hospitals Directory of Services.