​Emergency Department

About Us

Our Emergency Department is one of the busiest tertiary referral centres in Australia and the only trauma referral centre in NSW outside of Sydney. 

Our specialist staff are focused on meeting the needs of acutely ill and injured patients, providing care for both adult and paediatric patients throughout Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Northern NSW.

Patients are seen in order of medical urgency. If you have a non- urgent medical complaint you should make an appointment with your General Practitioner. 

Connected to the Emergency Department is an eight bed short stay unit for emergency patients requiring further observation and assessment. 

Our department is accredited with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine for both adult and paediatric emergency medicine training. Within the larger Emergency Network we provide a number of comprehensive medical and nursing training and transition programs.

The John Hunter Emergency Department has a multidisciplinary team, including expert medical, nursing, allied health, administrative and support staff.​


Emergency Department 
Level 2
John Hunter Hospital