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′21″S 151°41′35″E / 32.9225°S 151.6930°E / -32.9225; 151.6930Coordinates: 32°55′21″S 151°41′35″E / 32.9225°S 151.6930°E / -32.9225; 151.6930
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 (796 inclusive of JHCH and Royal Newcastle Centre)
Founded May 25, 1991 (1991-05-25)
Nick Greiner
Premier of New South Wales
Website John Hunter Hospital
Lists Hospitals in Australia

The John Hunter Hospital (sometimes known as the JHH or more colloquially The John Hunter) 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 the Sydney Metropolitan Area, and has the busiest emergency department in the state.[2] John Hunter is the busiest trauma hospital in the state, and the second busiest in the country behind The Alfred Hospital in Victoria.


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 as an extension wing 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, Paediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Orthopaedics (elective and trauma), Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgery, Emergency Medicine, Renal Transplant, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, 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. Also on the same grounds are Rankin Park Hospital (Rehab), Newcastle Private Hospital and the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).,

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.[citation needed] 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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