Hospital emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, including public holidays.
The role of emergency departments 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 the doctor is free.
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Other Useful Phone Numbers
Alcohol and Drug Information Service Sydney
(02) 9361 8000 or 1800 422 599 (for country callers)
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Helpline (LifeLine)
1800 200 526
Health Care Interpreter Service, Western Sydney Local Health District
(02) 9912 3800 (24 hours)
1800 551 800
Mental health 24-hour contacts
NSW Poisons Information Centre
NSW Rape Crisis Centre
(02) 9819 7357 or 24/7 Counselling 1800 424 017
Public Health Units
State Mental Health Line
1800 011 511 (24 hours)
Surgery Access Line
1800 053 456