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Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital


Sydney Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital is steeped in history, with a legacy of nursing and medical firsts to its credit both nationally and internationally.

It is co-located on the site of Macquarie Street in Sydney's central business district and functions as one hospital.

Sydney Hospital is Australia's first hospital and dates from the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.

It has been located at its present site at Macquarie Street since 1811 and celebrated its Bicentenary on 29 October 2011.

In October 2016, Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital celebrating 200 years of continuous caring through its annual Foundation Day which recognises patients, staff and volunteers past and present who have contributed to making the hospital the outstanding health facility it is today.


The Sydney Hospital site was home to the first nursing school in Australia, founded in 1868 by Lucy Osburn, who was sent to the colony by Florence Nightingale following a request by the colonial government.

The Sydney Eye Hospital started at Millers Point in 1882 and moved to Woolloomooloo in 1922. It moved to the current Sydney Hospital campus in 1996.

Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital offers quality health care to city residents, workers, visitors and tourists. Our specialist services attract patients from all over NSW.

Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital’s modern facilities and professional staff provide a strong blend of general and specialist medical services for the public.

Clinical services provided are a 24hr Emergency Department (for eyes and general) and outpatient departments (eyes, general and hands). Clinical wards include Eyes, Hands, ENT and General Medicine as well as the Peri-Operative Suite. There is an eight-level car park under the hospital, accessed by Hospital Road, and managed by Metro Parking.

Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital is a quaternary referral unit for Eye diseases, providing surgical and medical management of vitreo-retinal, corneal, glaucoma, oculo-plastic, uveitis, and oculo-oncology conditions.

Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital has a dedicated Hand Unit and is a tertiary referral centre for hand trauma, abnormalities and diseases.


Services are complemented by three academic departments affiliated with the University of Sydney and University of NSW, namely hand and eyes, as well as visiting medical staff, staff specialists and resident medical officers covering inpatient and outpatient services in general medicine, ear, nose and throat (ENT), hand surgery, ophthalmology and drug and alcohol.

Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital is home to the Lucy Osburn Museum which is open to the public from 10am to 4pm on Tuesdays (closed Public Holidays).

Sydney /Sydney Eye Hospital is located at:
8 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
GPO Box 1614, Sydney NSW 2001 Australia
Telephone: 61 2 9382 7111
Facsimile:  61 2 9382 7320