North Shore Ryde Health Service Social Workers are a part of a multidisciplinary team which includes allied health, medical and nursing staff, and provide a holistic assessment of a patient's needs and circumstances. Services are provided at both Royal North Shore Hospital and Ryde Hospital.

All Social Workers are qualified and professionally trained and practice within the Australian Association of Social Workers' code of ethics and practice standards. 


Social Work services include:

  • Counselling and emotional support

  • Support regarding adjustment to illness and hospitalization

  • Planning and assistance for admission and discharge

  • Information and referral to community services

  • Obtaining information about legal and financial support options

  • Referral to child protection

  • Referral to domestic violence services

  • Accessing aged care and disability services

  • Exploring carer issues and carer stress

  • To provide support during pregnancy and after birth


Who can see a social worker:

  • Inpatients

  • Registered outpatients

  • Relatives

  • Carers.


If you would like to see a Social Worker during your hospital admission, please speak to your doctor, nurse or other allied health professional to refer you. Alternatively, you may call the social work department directly.

Urgent cases

During business hours: Call the social work department directly.

After hours: Staff can refer patients and families to the social work after hours crisis service in emergency and crisis situations. This service operates currently within Royal North Shore Hospital only outside normal business hours. In an emergency or crisis situation: Call the hospital switchboard and request the crisis service.

Quick links

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Royal North Shore:
Ground level, Building 30, Royal North Shore Hospital,
Reserve Rd, St Leonards, NSW 2065

Ryde Hospital:
Denistone Road, Eastwood, NSW 2122 (p
lease contact via pager through the switchboard)

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Royal North Shore:
8.30am - 5pm
Monday to Friday

Ryde Hospital:
Monday to Friday

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Royal North Shore:
02 9462 9477

Ryde Hospital:
02 9858 7888