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In the event of an emergency please dial 000 (Triple Zero) for Police, Fire or Ambulance.
The John Hunter Hospital Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including public holidays).
The role of the Emergency Department is to care for all emergencies. An emergency is when an illness or injury is serious and requires urgent attention.
The order in which you will be seen in an emergency department is determined by the seriousness of your health problem, not the time of your arrival. Those people with the most serious and urgent conditions will always be seen first, and those with less serious conditions may have to wait until a doctor is free.
You can help our Emergency Department staff by using alternative services for minor illnesses or injuries. Alternate options include:
24-hour Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
NSW Poisons Information Centre – 131 126
DoCS Helpline - 132 111
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Helpline - 1800 200 526
Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800
Lifeline - 131 114
NSW Rape Crisis Centre – (02) 9819 7357 or the 24/7 counselling line - 1800 424 017
Surgery Access Line - 1800 053 456
Victims Support Line - 1800 633 063
Youthline – (02) 9633 3666