Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children

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Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children
Westmead Childrens Hospital 1.JPG
Hospital entrance
Location Westmead, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°48′06″S 150°59′31″E / 33.8017°S 150.992°E / -33.8017; 150.992Coordinates: 33°48′06″S 150°59′31″E / 33.8017°S 150.992°E / -33.8017; 150.992
Care system Public Medicare (AU)
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Sydney
Emergency department Yes
Beds 340
Speciality Children's hospital
Founded 1880
Lists Hospitals in Australia

The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (otherwise known as The Children's Hospital at Westmead) is a children's hospital in Sydney, Australia. The Hospital was founded in 1880 as "The Sydney Hospital for Sick Children". Its name was changed to the "Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children" on 4 January 1904 when King Edward VII granted use of the appellation ‘Royal’ and his consort, Queen Alexandra, consented to the use of her name.

It is one of three children's hospitals in New South Wales, located on Hawkesbury Road in Westmead and is affiliated with the University of Sydney.

On 1 July 2010 it became part of the newly formed 'Sydney Children's Hospital Network (Randwick and Westmead) incorporating the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children'.[1]

Name and relocation[edit]

RAHC Camperdown

The hospital was opened in 1880 as the Sydney Hospital for Sick Children by a group of concerned citizens, led by Lady Allen the wife of Sir George Wigram Allen, who were worried about the health of the younger members of society in New South Wales. It soon out-grew the small building in which it was housed at Glebe Point. In 1906 it moved to a much grander building, designed by Harry Kent in Camperdown, where it stayed for 89 years.

In 1995, the hospital was relocated to its current location in Westmead to better serve the growing populations of western Sydney.

This relocation involved amalgamation with most of the paediatric services of nearby Westmead Hospital (apart from neonates) to form a new hospital with a new name; initially "The New Children's Hospital" and more recently "The Children's Hospital at Westmead". The official name of the hospital; the "Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children" is retained.

Notable doctors and board members[edit]

Some notable individuals connected to the history of the Children's Hospital are:

Notable patients[edit]

Some notable individuals connected to the history of the Children's Hospital are:

  • Francis Chan (born 1991): the youngest liver transplant patient in Australia at three months old. He underwent two transplants three days apart as the first transplant failed until the last-minute call came in time for another transplant to save his life. He currently attends St Andrew's Cathedral School.
  • Sophie Delezio (born 2001):

Adolescent health[edit]

The New South Wales Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health (NSW CAAH) is located at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The Centre seeks to improve the health and well-being of young people aged 12 – 24 in New South Wales, Australia. NSW CAAH key focus areas include developing information and resources; capacity building to increase workers’ skills and confidence in adolescent health; supporting applied research; advocacy & policy development to increase leadership and action for adolescent health.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Health Services Order 2010" (PDF). NSW Government. 
  2. ^ Yu, John, 'Dods, Sir Lorimer Fenton (1900–1981)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, Retrieved 11 August 2012
  3. ^ New South Wales Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health Annual Report 2008