General visiting hours

10.00am - 1.00pm

3.00pm - 8.00pm

Please note, all wards have a rest period between 1.00pm - 3.00pm daily. Visiting during this time is not permitted in the majority of wards.

Visiting times on some wards may vary, please confirm with the ward the visiting times. Wards can be contacted via the hospital switch 9926 7111.

If you need to visit outside of the general visiting hours, please discuss this with the Nursing Unit Manager of the ward.


Please note: due to the ongoing COVID-19 developments, some changes have been made regarding patient visitation. Please click here for more details.


Children's Ward / Paediatrics

Strict visiting hours are not enforced on the Children's Ward / Paediatrics. Parents are welcome at any time.

Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Weekdays: 12.00 - 1.00pm and 4.00 - 8.00pm.

Weekends: 10.00am - 8.00pm

Carers Accommodation

Carers Accommodation Beds

The RNSH Patient and Carer Accommodation is a short term, emergency accommodation facility, managed by the Social Work Department, at Royal North Shore Hospital. It mostly caters for people who need to travel unexpectedly to the hospital from regional and rural areas.

Rooms are limited and in high demand. When spare rooms are available these can be provided to people travelling from regional and rural areas for treatment at RNSH. The fee is $25 per person, per night applies.

Suggestions for alternative accommodation close by can be found below.

Link to Local Accommodation List

The Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS) may cover accommodation charges for patients living more than 100km from treatment, and who are unable to obtain specialist treatment closer to home. For more information, please visit:

For more information please refer to the Visitor Page Carers Accommodation Info Pamphlet

Bookings for the RNSH Patient and Carer Accommodation: 

Phone: 9462 9477
E-mail: [email protected]
Office hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Afterhours: 9926 7111 (ask to speak to the On Call Social Worker)  

No Smoking – Anywhere, Anytime

Our hospital and grounds are smoke-free.

You just don't smoke around hospitals:

  • Individuals observed to be smoking while on hospital grounds may be fined $300
  • Patients who smoke can receive free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) support during their stay in hospital.

For help to quit smoking call the Quitline 13 7848 or visit