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Ophthalmology - Royal North Shore Hospital

Ambulatory Care Centre (outpatient clinics)

Level 3 - Acute Services Building (main entry level)

Royal North Shore Hospital

Reserve Rd

St Leonards


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Ophthalmology - Royal North Shore Hospital

Contact us

General enquiries:


We accept ereferrals from GPs via HealthLink. For more information go to: Electronic Referrals for Outpatient Clinics​ - Northern Sydney Local Health District ( 


For questions regarding surgical waitlist and theatre bookings please call (02) 9463 2436


Opening hours

Monday: 08:00 - 16:30 
Tuesday:   08:00 - 16:30 
Wednesday:   08:00 - 16:30 

Thursday:   08:00 - 16:30 

Friday:   08:00 - 16:30 

 What we do

We provide treatment for:

•    Eye Emergency & Eye trauma
•    Cataract
•    Corneal and ocular surface disorders
•    Diabetic eye disease
•    Eyelid, tear duct and eye sockets disorders
•    Glaucoma
•    Macular degeneration
•    Paediatrics
•    Retinal and vitreous disorders
•    Strabismus and ocular motility disorders
•    Uveitis
•    Neuro-ophthalmology disorders

 What to bring

  • Relevant images/scans/blood test results (including CT or MRI scan of affected area) 
  • Relevant test results (including hearing tests, allergy tests, microbiology) 
  • List of current medications and drug allergies 
  • Your referral letter from your GP/Specialists
  • Current GP health summary


Please ensure you bring your most up to date glasses for your appointment.

 When to visit us

Your GP or non-GP specialist is always your first step in seeking treatment for any condition. You will be referred to our service if your treating doctor feels that your treatment requires the input of an Ophthalmologist. Once we receive the referral it will be reviewed by a doctor and you will be notified of the outcome and next steps. Please allow at least 4 weeks for this process to be undertaken. Telehealth is NOT available at our clinic.


Please note that phone calls from the hospital will appear as a blocked number. 


If you have a scheduled appointment you will receive a reminder text message. Please answer our call if you can and/or turn on voicemail to allow us to leave you a message.  


Please allow a full morning or afternoon for your appointment. Some patients require a longer review and delays can occur. 

 How to visit us

Exits off the Pacific Highway and the M1 will take you to the hospital on Reserve Road in St Leonards

Bus Route 114 stops directly at the hospital

The hospital is close to St Leonards train station

The hospital is a 5 minute walk from St Leonards Station

Street and multi storey car parking are available on the Royal North Shore hospital campus. Fees apply, so please check signage. Concession parking rates are available for patients and carers. Click here for more details.

The Opthalmology Clinic is located at Check in C, Clinic 4 of the Ambulatory Care Centre.


When you enter the hospital walk past the yellow lifts towards the rear of the building. The Centre is located on the right hand side of the main corridor between the orange and green lifts. Check in C can be found by turning right after you pass the enquiries desk. 

 Referral information

Our Ophthalmology Clinic utilises Statewide referral criteria. 


Click here to view statewide referral criteria for adults.

Click here to view statewide referral criteria for children and adolescents.


Providing more information will aid the triage process and make it more likely that your patient will be seen in the most timely manner possible 


Please submit referrals using the eReferral system through HealthLink, which can be accessed through most clinical software systems 

Alternatively, address letters to Dr James Smith or other specialist listed below 
Email: [email protected]


Referrals will be triaged and your patient will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible. This process may take between 1-4 weeks. You will be contacted if more information is needed. 


We also accept e-referrals. Telehealth is NOT available at this clinic.

 Other information

Our Team


Dr James Smith (Head of department)

Dr Michael Branley  

Dr Caroline Catt 

Dr Jenny Danks 

Dr Noni Lewis 

Dr Brett O’Donnell 

A/ Prof Keith Ong 

A/ Prof Geoffery Painter 

Dr Daniel Polya 

A/ Prof Timohty Roberts 

A/ Prof Samantha Fraser-Bell 

Dr Kimberely Tan 

Dr Christine Younan 

Dr Nader Beshay