About The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Where is the Hospital?
The Hospital is located at Westmead, about 28 km from Sydney city. It stands next to Westmead Hospital but is not part of it. The
Children's Hospital at Westmead is a stand-alone service dedicated to paediatrics.
Is it easy to get to the Hospital?
Yes. Trains from all over Sydney stop at Parramatta, and many go directly to
Westmead station. Bus services operate from all over Sydney to Parramatta,
with a special shuttle service from Sydney Airport directly to the Hospital.
A local minibus runs from Westmead to Parramatta city centre, Parramatta
Rivercat ferry and Parramatta railway station every 12 minutes on weekdays.
Can children from all over NSW be referred to the Hospital?
Yes. The Hospital provides community medical care and paediatric emergency as
well as tertiary level paediatric services.
The state's Liver Transplant Unit and Burns Unit, the national Poisons
Information Centre and other state and national services are located here.
We are an extremely diverse team of individuals - blended
together to deliver a level of support and care for patients that is second to none.
That diversity extends across all parts of the Hospital at every professional
level with staff bringing an enormous breadth of experience and expertise that
is dedicated and focussed on the care and welfare of children.
Each and every one of us makes a vital contribution to the health and
welfare of children no matter what task we perform.
As Hospital employees, we are all passionate about and committed to
helping sick kids get better.
Beyond our walls
At The Children's Hospital at Westmead, we try to reduce the anxiety and
disruption to our children and their families by keeping their stay in hospital
as short as possible. We do this by providing day-only surgery and a range of
innovative programs where as much care as possible is provided on an outpatient
We have introduced and are committed to expanding our
Outreach Services so that some children need not
visit the Hospital at all. This takes a lot of extra work and co-ordination,
but for the children and their families it's well worth the effort.
Ensuring that sick children living in the country are not disadvantaged by
distance is a priority. One way we achieve this is through outreach clinics,
where our doctors go to the children. Outreach clinics are very much a part of
our commitment to improve clinical services to the community and to allow fair
access to the best medical care.
Already children in remote areas all over New South Wales have access to
expert treatment through our telepsychiatry service. Other examples include an
outreach service for children with cystic fibrosis to have their intravenous
treatment at home. Children needing 24 hour oxygen therapy now can have this in
their own homes as well. Children with severe eczema now attend a day treatment
centre rather than spend 7 - 8 days in hospital as in the past.
For more information, you can call us on (02) 9845 0000.