Eye Surgery (1 East)

How we can help you (What we do)

1 East is the Ophthalmology (Eye) inpatient ward located in the Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital. We provide specialist nursing care that involves medical and surgical care for all ophthalmic patients who present with complex eye conditions.

Our ward is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Who we care for?

We care for any patients with complex eye conditions. We have cared for a wide range of people of all ages. This includes caring for adults and children.

  • Dedicated nurses who have specialist knowledge and experience that assist in delivering high quality care to all our patients
  • Ophthalmologists (eye doctors) and registrars (doctors in training for Ophthalmology)
  • Resident Medical Officers or Junior Medical Officers are the doctors who attend to your medical admission when you come to the hospital and discuss your care
  • Social Workers are part of the team who provide counselling and practical support services to our patients, family members and carers
  • Orthoptists will assist in vision assessments, investigations and testing
  • The ward pharmacist helps to provide a full clinical pharmacy service to all inpatients. The pharmacy department helps supply medication needed for all inpatients and inpatients for discharge
  • Clerical staff assist with your admission process, and can answer questions you may have in regards to Medicare and private health insurance

We work with Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital clinical nurse consultants and educators in ophthalmology (eyes) and hands.We also work in partnership with your local doctor, hospitals in other health districts and community nursing organisations.

What time can I be expected to be discharged home by? 

The ward has a discharge time of 10.00 am.

Does the ward have Wi-Fi? 

The hospital’s Wi-Fi It is not available for patients' use at this time.

Do I need someone to take me home after I am discharged?

It is recommended that you do have someone to assist you to take you home.

If I come to hospital by ambulance, will an ambulance take me home? 

Once you are in the ward, talk to your nurse about how you are planning to get home.  The earlier that transport home is organised, whether by car or train or bus, the safer and quicker your discharge home will be.

As a private patient will I get a single room?

Single rooms are typically given to those who need to be isolated, children or patients who are unwell.  If it is possible, private patients will be allocated a single room, but may need to move into a shared room if another patient requires a single room.

Do I need to bring my medications to hospital?

Yes, please bring all your medication with you. Medications include all eye drops you are currently using.

Can I have a community nurse to assist with eye drops at home?

Discuss this with your nurse on arrival to the ward. A large number of Local Health Services Community Nurse Programs do not provide instillation of eye drops as part of the nurses’ service.  Ask the ward nurses to teach you how to instil your drops or check your technique of drop instillation.

Ward 1 East is located on the eastern side of the Clinical Services Building, level 1.

Here are instructions to help you find the ward:

  • Enter via the main hospital foyer
  • Take the lift to level 1 and turn left as you exit the lift
  • Turn left again and walk straight down the hallway
  • Ask the staff at the nurses' station for assistance

Transport Information line

For information about connections, destinations and timetables for government buses, trains and ferries in and around Sydney, telephone 13 15 00. Check the NSW Transport Trip planner website http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/tripplanner/index.html

  • Train: Martin Place station is directly opposite the hospital and St James station is at the end of Macquarie Street.
  • Bus: Bus No. 200 stops directly opposite the hospital in Macquarie Street.
  • Ferries: Circular Quay ferry terminal is 10 minutes walk from the hospital.

Ward 1 East is located on level 1 in the Clinical Services Building. This is a 29 bed unit specifically designed to manage and provide care for patients with complex eye conditions.

Our ward accepts admissions via Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital Emergency Department, transfers from outside facilities, or through referrals from private ophthalmic consultant’s rooms. Patients are also admitted to the ward for elective surgery.

On-site parking is available through METRO parking. The entrance is off hospital road.

Concessional parking rates are also available if appropriate, for additional information about parking please contact either the Nurse Unit Manager or nursing staff on the ward. There is also metered parking along hospital road, but it may be costly.

For short periods of time of 5-15 minutes, there is a pick up and drop off zone where escorts are allowed to park in the turning circle on hospital grounds while collecting patients.

1 East staff provides care for a complete range of ophthalmic medical and surgical procedures. There are sub-specialities covering every aspect of ophthalmic treatment, for example, cornea, retinal procedures, glaucoma and ocular plastic surgery.

For some ophthalmic patients, their care may be managed by two separate teams.  Quality care will be delivered to patients on this ward, as all teams come together to ensure a smooth transition from hospital to home.


Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital 9382 7111
1 East Ward 9382 7126
Nurse Unit Manager 9382 7116


Our visiting hours are from 10am to 8pm every day including weekends. Flexible visiting hours can be arranged in consultation with nursing staff.

We are a teaching hospital and you may be asked to be involved in research or for a student to be present on your journey in Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital.

You have the right to say no. If you do so, this will not impact in any way on the services we provide.

Professional interpreters are available and are free of charge if you require assistance in understanding the procedure.

While a family member or relative may be with you, all treatment including the consent, should be through a professional interpreter.

If you require an interpreter to contact us; please call the Translating Interpreter service on 131450.