John Hunter Hospital

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John Hunter Hospital
John Hunter Hospital is located in New South Wales
John Hunter Hospital
Location New Lambton Heights, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 32°55′26″S 151°41′30″E / 32.92397°S 151.6918°E / -32.92397; 151.6918Coordinates: 32°55′26″S 151°41′30″E / 32.92397°S 151.6918°E / -32.92397; 151.6918
Care system Public Medicare (AU)
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Newcastle
Emergency department Yes
Helipad ICAO: YXJH[1]
Beds 550
Founded 1991
Website John Hunter Hospital
Lists Hospitals in Australia

The John Hunter Hospital (sometimes known as the JHH or more colloquially the John) is the principal referral centre and a community hospital for Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Northern New South Wales, Australia. It is the main teaching hospital of the University of Newcastle. The hospital contains the only trauma centre in New South Wales outside of the Sydney Metropolitan Area, and has the busiest emergency department in the state.[2]


John Hunter is the region's largest hospital with 550 adult beds and another 101 paediatric beds in the John Hunter Children's Hospital. The Royal Newcastle Centre (formerly Royal Newcastle Hospital), opened next to the John Hunter Hospital in April 2006, providing another 144 beds. Patients from the Hunter Region and beyond are referred to John Hunter for treatment in a range of specialities, including Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Orthopaedics (elective and trauma), Cardiology and Cardiac surgery, Emergency Medicine, Renal Transplant, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neonatal Intensive Care, Nephrology, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, Respiratory Medicine, and Trauma.

The John Hunter Children's Hospital and Royal Newcastle Centre are located within the same building as the John Hunter Hospital

Origin of name[edit]

A unique aspect of the John Hunter Hospital is the reasoning behind its name. Rather than being named after one person, the JHH is named in honour of three men, all of whom were called John Hunter. They were:


  1. ^ "Helipad Search - John Hunter Hospital". Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "John Hunter Hospital". Hunter New England Area Health Service. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 

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