​Clinic Appointments and Referrals

The John Hunter Hospital Outpatient Service provides care to patients who require an examination or treatment, but who are not required to stay in hospital overnight. You may be also required to attend a follow-up clinic appointment after your discharge from hospital.

Our clinics span across a range of services, with over 500 patients seen in our clinics per day. Clinics operate in both North Block and South Block for the following specialties:​​

​North Block
  • Dermatology
  • General Medicine
  • Respiratory
  • Cardiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Rheumatology
  • Neurology
  • Endocrinology
  • Nephrology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Liaison Psychiatry
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Circulatory
​South Block
  • ​Orthopaedics (including hands)
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • General Surgery (including colorectal, acute surgical, general surgical and trauma)
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Maxillofacial
  • Transplant
  • Urology
  • Stomal Therapy​

Within the Outpatient Service we have an Outpatient Service Contact Centre. The Contact Centre provides advice and support to callers for the following:

  • Progress of referrals
  • Booking appointments
  • Cancellation of appointments
  • Rescheduling of appointments
  • Who to send referrals to
  • General enquiries relating to the Outpatient Service
  • Post discharge ward referrals
  • Referral liaison.

Our Outpatient Service is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.00pm. If you need to contact our Outpatients Service, please do so via the following contact details:

Phone: (02) 4922 3912

Email: HNELHD-ReferralCentre@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

Telehealth appointments

Telehealth is the secure transmission of a clinical consultation by videoconference over the internet. This is a way for patients to have consultations with our health professionals without needing to travel to hospital. 

Clinicians are able to connect with patients in their homes, workplaces, aged care facilities, GP Practices or via local community hospitals, saving our patients thousands of kilometres in travel.

Telehealth allows us to talk to, hear and see our patients using high-speed internet, cameras, speakers and monitors at both locations. The software is similar to Skype, though is completely secure, encrypted and confidential.

If you would like to arrange to have your appointment via Telehealth connection, you can discuss your wishes with your clinician (specialist, nurse, allied health or pharmacist) who will be able to advise you if your appointment is appropriate for telehealth.