John Hunter Hospital

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John Hunter Hospital
John Hunter Hospital is located in New South Wales
John Hunter Hospital
LocationNew Lambton Heights, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates32°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 systemPublic Medicare (AU)
FundingPublic hospital
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of Newcastle
Emergency departmentYes
Beds550 (796 inclusive of JHCH and Royal Newcastle Centre)
HelipadICAO: YXJH[1]
Founded25 May 1991 (1991-05-25)
Nick Greiner
Premier of New South Wales
WebsiteJohn Hunter Hospital John Hunter Children's Hospital
ListsHospitals in Australia

The John Hunter Hospital and John Hunter Children's Hospital (sometimes known as the JHH and JHCH respectively, or more colloquially The John Hunter) is the principal referral centre and a tertiary hospital for Newcastle, and northern New South Wales, Australia. The 796 bed hospital 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.


The John Hunter health complex consists of 796 beds in total, and is co-located next to the 174 bed Newcastle Private Hospital, as well as the regional Hunter Area Pathology Service which provides tertiary level pathology testing. The complex consists of a single building, which is divided into 694 adult beds and another 126 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 144 of these beds. Patients from the Hunter Region and beyond are referred to John Hunter for treatment in a range of specialities. 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).

Specialty Services Provided[edit]

The JHH and JHCH are tertiary level hospitals, and provide the following specialties and subspecialties:

Specialty Details
Anaesthesia including sub-specialties in Cardiac, Neuro, Obstetric, Paediatric & Regional anaesthesia as well as Pain Medicine (both Acute and Chronic Pain services are available)
Intensive Care The 37 bed Intensive Care complex provides both Adult and Paediatric ICU. The 29 bed Adult ICU provides of General Medical, General Surgical, Cardiac, Trauma & Neurosurgical Intensive Care.

The ICU is able to provide advanced respiratory support for severe respiratory failure including invasive ventilation, non-invasive ventilation, high frequency oscillation ventilation, proning, and VV-ECMO.

Haemodynamic support available includes vasopressor and inotropic support, advanced haemodynamic monitoring, echocardiography, continuous renal replacement therapy, intra-aortic balloon pump and VA-ECMO.

Neurocritical care includes EVD pressure monitoring, continuous EEG monitoring, transcranial Doppler.

Paediatric Intensive Care The newly built 8 bed PICU was opened in 2017 and is one of 3 tertiary PICUs in the state. Currently funded for 4 beds, and provides non-invasive and invasive ventilator support as well as haemodynamic support.
Neonatal Intensive Care 18 NICU and 24 Special care beds, providing care for children born as early as 23 weeks gestation.
Retrieval Medicine The Hunter New England Aeromedical Retrieval Service provides both primary (pre-hospital) and secondary (inter-hospital) adult and paediatric retrieval services. Doctors from Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Emergency provide the medical staff, whilst ICU nurses provide nursing support for secondary retrievals. The secondary retrieval service is led by the on-call intensive care specialist.
Emergency medicine Providing tertiary adult and paediatric emergency care
Trauma The JHH and JHCH is the busiest trauma centre in the state and the second busiest nationally. It has a dedicated trauma surgical team as well as utilising the expertise of sub-specialty surgeons when required.
Surgical Specialties

General Surgery
Upper GI – Hepatic, pancreatic and oesophageal surgery
Colorectal Surgery – Including laparoscopic and minimally invasive oncology surgery
Endocrine Surgery
Orthopaedics (elective and trauma)
Oral and Maxillofacial surgery (OMFS)
Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)
Head and Neck – a combined team of OMFS and ENT surgeons
Cardiothoracic surgery – Elective and emergency cardiac, aortic and thoracic surgery.
Renal Transplant
Urology Surgery
Vascular Surgery – Open and percutaneous interventional techniques

Medical Specialties

General Medicine
Neurology – General neurology, stroke, interventional neuroradiology (DSA and anaerysm treatment, clot retrieval), EEG, neuropsychology, multiple sclerosis clinics.
Cardiology – Interventional, electrophysiology and echocardiography. JHH Interventional Cardiologists have experience in percutaneous techniques such as TAVI and Balloon Aortic Valvulopasty
Respiratory Medicine – Including sub-specialties of general respiratory, cystic fibrosis & sleep medicine.
Nephrology and Dialysis

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Including Gynae-oncology and high risk maternal-fetal medicine unit
Radiology Xrays, CT, MRI, Nuclear medicine and interventional radiology including embolization.
Psychiatry Both adult and paediatric psychiatry services are provided, both in-hospital and community.


The John Hunter Hospital and John Hunter Children's Hospital consists of the following ~30 bed wards. Wards are designated by their horizontal position along the hospitals long corridor (by letter) and the number indicates which level of the hospital the ward is on (Levels 1–3). Hence ward E3 is positioned above E2 and next door to ward F3.

  • Ward E1: Rehabilitation
  • Ward E2: Urology/Rheumatology
  • Ward E3: Orthopaedics
  • Ward F1: Orthopaedics
  • Ward F2: Immunology/Respiratory/General Medicine
  • Ward F3: Cardiovascular
  • Ward G1: General Medicine
  • Ward G2: Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Ward G3: Cardiology/Gastroenterology
  • Ward H1: Children's Medical
  • Ward H2: Emergency Short Stay Unit/Medical Assessment and Coordination Unit
  • Ward H3: Special Surgery/Trauma
  • Ward J1: Children's Surgical and Oncology
  • Ward J2: Adolescent, Day Stay and Sleep Unit
  • Ward J3: General Surgery
  • Ward K1: Nephrology/Dialysis
  • Ward K2: Maternity/Post-Natal
  • Ward K3: Gynaecology/Gynaecology Oncology
  • AGSU: Acute General Surgical Unit
  • CCU: Coronary Care Unit
  • ED: Emergency Department
  • Transplant: Transplant
  • ICU/HD: Intensive Care Unit/High Dependency Unit
  • PICU: Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • NICU: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • NEXUS: Adolescent Mental Health

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. Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010.

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