Emergency Department

The Emergency Departments at Sydney Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead provide urgent and emergency care to newborns through to adolescents from across NSW and beyond.

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the ED’s are staffed by teams of expert nursing, medical, allied health and clerical staff who care for children suffering from serious injury or illness.

The best place for your child’s regular care is with their GP, paediatrician or other health care provider. If your child is experiencing general health complaints such as a cough or sore throat or needs to receive a general health check up, we encourage you to see your local health care provider, closer to home.

Your local Emergency Department can manage most problems. To find you local ED, visit NSW Health's Emergency Department Website 

If you think your child’s condition is immediately urgent, please call 000 for an ambulance.

Over the phone health advice

HealthDirect Australia - 1800 022 222
A 24-hour telephone health advice line staffed by registered nurses.

Kids Helpline - 13 11 14
A free and confidential crisis and suicide prevention hotline for young people between the ages of 5 and 25.

NSW Poisons Information Centre - 13 11 26
A 24 hour service providing up to date information on the ingestion of or exposure to poisons.   

The Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) — (02) 9361 8000
ADIS is a 24-hour confidential NSW state-wide telephone service providing education, information, referral, crisis counselling and advice about illegal drugs such as heroin, ice and cannabis, and the problematic use of legal drugs such as alcohol and prescription medication.