Royal Hospital for Women

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Royal Hospital for Women
New South Wales Department of Health
Location Randwick, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Care system Public Medicare (AU)
Hospital type Teaching, Tertiary Referral
Affiliated university University of Sydney, University of New South Wales
Emergency department Yes
Founded 1820
Lists Hospitals in Australia

The Royal Hospital for Women (RHW) is a specialist hospital for women and babies located in the suburb of Randwick in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.[1]


The RHW began life in 1820 as a 'lying-in' hospital under auspices of the Benevolent Society. Elizabeth Macquarie, wife of the then Governor of New South Wales Lachlan Macquarie chaired a committee of the Society to establish the hospital.[2]

By 1888 the RHW (then known as the Benevolent Society Asylum) became affiliated to the University of Sydney as a training hospital. Between 1901 and 1997 the hospital operated from its site in Paddington, New South Wales before moving to Randwick. In 1904 the hospital was granted royal patronage by King Edward VII and became the Royal Hospital for Women.[3]


The RHW reportedly provides the following services annually:[4]

  • Deliver more than 3,700 babies;
  • Care of more than 600 premature babies;
  • Treat more than 400 women for gynaecological cancer;
  • Provide breast cancer surgery for more than 80 women;
  • Attend to over 450 women requiring acute care services;
  • Help more than 600 women through endo-gynaecological procedures;
  • Provide care for over 10,000 women who rely on a special partnership with the RHW.

The RHW forms a part of the South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service[5] and is assisted by the fundraising efforts of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation.[6]