Liver (Hepatology and Liver Transplant) at The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Phone: 9845 3999
Fax: 9845 3970
Location: Diagnostic Services building, level 1
The Hepatology Service is a Unit of the Department of Gastroenterology. We care for children with disorders of the liver, biliary system and gallbladder. We are also the paediatric arm of the Australian National Liver Transplant Unit, which is the largest centre in Australia for children who require liver transplantation.
Children are often cared for as inpatients prior to receiving a transplant and for some time after the transplant takes place. Then children will be cared for by clinicians in the Department of Gastroenterology as outpatients.
Liver transplant involves the tranplantation of a donated organ or, where no donor match can be found, a partial transplant from a living donor (such as a family member). Low organ donation rates in NSW mean longer waiting lists for sick children. As a result, children with liver disease face long hospital stays, with longer wait times associated with increasing complications and malnuntrition.
As the paediatric arm of the Australian National Liver Transplant Unit, which is the largest centre in Australia for children who require liver transplantation. Children with liver disease are sometimes cared for by other hospitals then referred to The Children's Hospital at Westmead when transplant becomes neccessary. Children come from SA, WA and ACT to receive life-saving transplants at The Children's Hospital at Westmead.
Liver transplant patients are usually care for in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and Clancy Ward.
Outpatient appointments - see Hepatology Service, Department of Gastroenterology.