When your child is admitted, staff will work closely with you to achieve the best health for your child. We know, for instance, that hospitalised children do best when members of their own family actively contribute to this team effort.

Staying on the Ward

You are welcome to stay with your child, however, limited beds are available on the wards so we ask that only one parent/carer (no siblings) stay on the ward with their child. If beds are not available, a parent may sleep in a chair beside the bed. We ask all parents staying on the wards to be dressed by 7:30am. The hospital aims for most children to go home by 10:00am on the day of discharge.

Priority for staying on the ward is given to:

  • Breastfeeding mothers
  • Parents of seriously ill children
  • Parents who travel long distances
  • Parents of younger children in hospital.

In exceptional circumstances where a sibling is allowed to stay, please note we are unable to provide food, nappies, clothing or bottles for children who are not patients.

Other accommodation options

If you have a long distance to travel and require accommodation, we recommend you organise this as soon as your child's admission date has been arranged.

If you have tried the options listed below and are still having difficulties, please contact the Social Work Department on (02) 9382 1021.

Please note that all costs listed are subject to change.

Parent Hostel Accommodation (pre-booking essential)

Located within the Hospital this accommodation is only for parents/carers (no siblings) of children who are a full admission (staying one night or more on a ward). Priority is given to families of children who are patients in our Intensive Care Ward.

Cost: $33.00 per room per night for families (covered by IPTAAS - see below).

Fee reductions are available for those in need. Telephone (02) 9382 1996 (7.00am - 4.00pm) or (02) 9382 1212 (after hours).

Ronald McDonald House (pre-booking essential)

Located on the hospital grounds. Preference is given to patients who live more than 200 kilometres away.
Cost: $46.00 per night if the patient is an outpatient of Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. $33 per room, per night, if the patient is an inpatient of SCH.
Telephone (02) 9382 1622 for further information.

Local motels

Sydney Lodges have three accommodation options within walking distance of the hospital:

The Blenheim Randwick
Address: 26 Blenheim Street, RANDWICK, NSW 2031
Telephone: 02 8345 8400
Perouse Lodge 
Address: 6 Perouse Road, RANDWICK, NSW 2031
Telephone: 02 9314 6686
Avoca Lodge
Address: 235 Avoca Street, RANDWICK, NSW 2031
Telephone: 02 9399 7779

Other motels

  • Randwick Lodge, 211 Avoca Street, Randwick. Phone: (02) 9310 0700
  • Hill Cross Park Lodge, 7 Cuthill Street, Randwick. Phone: (02) 9314 5553
  • Avonmore on the Park, 34 The Avenue, Randwick. Phone: (02) 9399 9388
  • Coogee Bay Boutique Hotel, 9 Vicar Street, Coogee. Phone: (02) 9315 6024
  • Crowne Plaza, 242 Arden Street, Coogee. Phone: (02) 9315 9116
  • Gemini Hotel, 65-71 Belmore Road, Randwick. Phone: (02) 9399 9011

Regional families

IPTAAS - Do you live more than 100 kilometres away?

Isolated Patients' Travel and Accommodation Scheme (IPTAAS) provides financial assistance towards travel and accommodation costs incurred by patients who need to travel more than 100 kilometres to access specialist treatment not available in their area.
For further information or to obtain an Application for Assistance form, please contact your nearest IPTAAS office, family doctor or our Social Work Department (02) 9382 1021 or the Admissions Department on (02) 9382 1996.