Get Involved

Volunteers and Supporters

There are many ways in which you can become involved to support the continuing excellence in care provided at Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital.

Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital offers a range of opportunities for consumers to share ideas, insight and feedback to help inform decisions related to patient care.

Thank you for considering making a donation to Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital.

Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital has been providing health care to the community from 1788, and its proud tradition of expert medical and nursing care, innovative research and education excellence continues to this day.

The hospital’s reputation is solidly built upon the dedication of its many staff, and our practice of ensuring that patients remain our prime focus within our provision of health care. This philosophy, coupled with our high standards of care, make the hospital a sought after health care provider.

You can help us to continue our tradition of excellence in health care by making a donation to our hospital. All donations are tax deductible, and greatly enhance our ability to care for patients and offer the best possible treatments.

Donations, no matter how large or small, make a difference. Your generosity enables us to fund valuable research, purchase equipment we otherwise may not afford to buy, and enhance the comfort and care of our patients.

All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. You can donate at the hospital’s Cashiers office during your hospital visit or you can write or email the hospital at with your request to donate or bequest. We accept donations by credit card, cheque, money order or cash.

Phone: (02) 9382 7430 /9382 7031

Founded in 1962, Friends of Sydney Hospital (FOSH) are a volunteer group who provide service and fundraising assistance to Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital.

Today, the President, Fay Skuthorpe, organises over 30 volunteers on weekdays to give their time at the main entrance of the Clinical Services Building to provide sandwiches, snacks, beverages, newspapers and magazines to patients and visitors.

A ward trolley service also provides inpatients with toiletries, snacks and newspapers. The volunteers are continually called upon for directions within the buildings, and it is always a pleasure for FOSH volunteers to help visitors and patients find their destination.

Other volunteer duties include helping in the Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital Medical Library and acting as tour guides. FOSH volunteers also run the Little Shop, situated in an historical gate house at the Macquarie Street Hospital entrance. This is a charming small boutique of homemade garments, toys, cards, gifts and souvenirs. The Little Shop is open on weekdays from 10.30 am -2.30 pm.

All funds raised by FOSH are donated to Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital to help purchase patient care equipment.



Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital follows the National Safety & Quality Health Service Standards, Standard 2, Partnering With Consumers, through a range of activities to enhance our service and quality of care.

We involve a range of local consumers in hospital projects, and measure our patient experience through surveys, Patient Opinion, Patient Journeys, complaints and compliments.  Your feedback is encouraged and welcome.

Partnering with consumers is supported through the SESLHD Consumer Partnerships and the local Prince of Wales and Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital Consumer Advisory Committee.

Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital is committed to working with our patients and their families, which helps achieve the best health outcomes. We encourage you to get involved in planning and making decisions about your care.

The healthcare team is happy to discuss your care with you and your family/carers and to answer any questions. It is important to us to know what matters to you and your family, and whether you need additional support to meet your individual needs.

Talk to your healthcare team about the plan for your care. This plan will be made in consultation with you and your family. As circumstances may change during your time here, plans can be adapted to suit your health needs.

We want you and your family to feel comfortable in approaching our teams, especially if you notice a change in your medical condition. Let me know is an important way for families to approach our staff with these concerns.

All staff wear identification badges and we encourage you to ask them about how they are involved in your care.

The Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital Auxiliary dates back to 1919 when a “Peace Appeal” was inaugurated at the hospital, after World War 1.

It has been operating on its current site in Macquarie Street since 1932 after operating from a tea tent in the Domain. The Kiosk is run by a group of dedicated volunteers, both young and old.

All monies raised from the Kiosk go towards patient care equipment for the Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital.

Our Kiosk is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 3pm and provides light refreshments, hot food and confectionary.

New volunteers are always welcome.

Phone: (02) 9382 7429 (9 am – 3 pm) or (02) 9382 2675 (after hours)

Principal Objectives

Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation was established in 1981. Its initial purpose was to raise funds for the redevelopment of Sydney Eye Hospital, which was then situated at WoolloomoolooThe principal objectives of the Eye Foundation are:

  • To attract membership and donations to the Foundation with a view to funding the purchase of specialised equipment not available from Government sources
  • To increase and expand the specialised facilities required to support the ongoing teaching and post-graduate training provided by Sydney Eye Hospital
  • To provide funds for critical research into the prevention of blindness
  • The Board of Management

All Members of the Board of Management are financial members of the Foundation, having contributed at various levels of membership. Board Members give freely of their time and assist in identifying potential donors to the Foundation.

Audited Accounts

The Foundation accounts are audited annually, subject to ratification by the Board.


The foundation currently provides eight (8) fellowships of a duration of one (1) year. Full details of our Fellowships can be found on our website. Click on the Fellowships.

Any additional questions email Amrita Sharma


Telephone (02) 9382 7408
Fax (02) 9382 7415

The Foundation Office

The Offices of Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation are located on the ground floor of Centre Block, next to Pharmacy and opposite the entrance to Sydney Hospital Emergency Department.

The Foundation is open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

All enquires are welcome and should be directed to the Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Gardner on phone (02) 9382-7408 or fax (02) 9382-7415.

Phone: (02) 9382 2675

Volunteers have an important role in enhancing patient and carers experiences in the Emergency Departments and their waiting rooms. The VED Program is aimed at easing emotional distress and anxiety experienced by patients, family and friends in an Emergency Department (ED). This is achieved through volunteers providing practical and emotional support to patients and carers.

The program assists with communication between patients, their family and hospital staff. Volunteers do not provide clinical care or carry out any duties otherwise performed by hospital staff. The program also aims to strengthen community ties to the Emergency Department. 



Many of our supporters choose to leave a bequest to us in their will. Areas of benefit include:
• general medicine
• Ophthalmology
• Research
• education
• Hand Surgery
• Nursing
• Medical
• Allied Health

Your contribution can be a fixed amount or a percentage of your estate. You can nominate to assist in the general provision of our services or your bequest can be directed towards a specific unit, project or type of service.

Bequest Wording

It is important that your bequest is worded correctly. You may wish to seek advice from the solicitor who is preparing your Will. You may also specify what unit within the hospital you would like your bequest to assist. Please contact (02) 93827490 to confirm the correct name of the unit you are choosing to assist.

The hospital is support by 2 Foundations. The Sydney Eye Hospital Foundation and the Sydney Hospital Hand Foundation.

Sydney Hospital Hand Foundation is a charitable organisation devoted to improving treatment and preventing injury and disease of the hand, wrist and forearm. We promote research, education, and optimal treatment of hand conditions. We are closely affiliated with Sydney Hospital Hand Unit, one of the largest Hand Surgery Units in Australia.

Foundation enquiries can be made via the Sydney Hospital Hand Unit
Please phone +61 2 9382 7367

The aims of the Sydney Hospital Hand Foundation are:

• To support research relating to the surgical treatment of hand related injury and diseases
• To provide education to medical professionals regarding optimal treatment of hand related injury and disease
• To raise community awareness regarding hand related injury and to promote hand injury prevention
• To support Sydney Hospital Hand Unit in its provision of high quality hand surgical care
• For further information please visit the Sydney Hospital Hand Foundation webpage

The valued volunteers who work with us are a diverse group of men and women of all ages and backgrounds (working professionals, students, retirees and and other community members). We value the diverse skills and experiences that volunteers can contribute to the hospital. We would like to talk to you about volunteering at Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital.

The staff and patients at Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital are supported by three outstanding volunteer groups. They contribute in many different ways and are highly valued and appreciated for the positive difference they make to the daily running of the hospital.

Friends of Sydney Hospital (FOSH) (Little Shop and Trolley)
The Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital Auxiliary (KIOSK)
The Volunteers in the Emergency Department (VED)

If you would like more information or volunteer enquiries please contact the Volunteer Liaison Manager on: Ph: (02) 9382 2675