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Spinal Cord Injury - Referral Directory

To select the right adult service, there are three guiding principles listed below:

  1. For continuity of care, patients are advised to return to the spinal unit and associated services where they were treated after their initial spinal cord injury.
  2. For patients not associated with either spinal unit, referrals are based on residential address.

    North:
    Royal North Shore Hospital /Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney accepts new referrals from the northern part of metropolitan Sydney and northern NSW . This area is within the boundaries of the following Area Health Services - Northern Sydney Central Coast, Greater Western, Hunter New England and North Coast.

    South:
    Prince of Wales Hospital accepts new referrals from the southern part of metropolitan Sydney and southern NSW .
    This area is within the boundaries of the following Area Health Services, Sydney South West, South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra, Greater Southern, and the Australian Capital Territory.
  3. Patients may choose to change spinal services, however it is strongly advised that this be done in consultation with the spinal service to which the client has established links. Generally this is the spinal service that provided services to the client after their acute injury

Adult Referrals

North

Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) Spinal Cord Injury Unit Phone (02) 9926 7111

RNSH offers a full range of specialist services for people with newly acquired and established spinal cord injuries.

The Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney (RRCS) Spinal Cord Injury Unit (02) 9808 9269

South

Prince of Wales Hospital  Spinal Cord Injury Unit (02) 9382 2222

Prince of Wales Hospital offers a full range of specialist services for people with newly acquired and established spinal cord injuries.

Sydney South West  (Eastern Zone) and Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Services (02) 9926 5599

Professional support for community nurses: Clinical Nurse Consultancy support is available to community nurses providing services to people with a spinal cord injury or other disabilities.

Seating Services Phone (02) 9887 5055

Outreach

State Spinal Outreach Service - (02) 9808 9666

A multidisciplinary transitional outreach program for patients discharged from the SSCIS units, it offers education and professional advice for clinicians providing services to people with a spinal cord injury, including rural clinicians.

Rural Spinal Cord Injury Service (RSCIS) - (02) 9808 9666

The Rural Spinal Cord Injury Services operates nine specialist medical/multi disciplinary spinal clinics per year across rural NSW . For referrals to, or enquiries regarding the service please call 02 9808 9666, or email rscis@royalrehab.com.au

Regional Spinal Services

Hunter Spinal Cord Injury Service (HSCIS) - (02) 492 57888

A comprehensive multidisciplinary community based spinal cord injury rehabilitation service for individuals with spinal cord injury ( SCI ), and an education service for carers and health professionals within the Hunter and Lower Mid North Coast regions.

SCIS@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

Royal Newcastle Centre - (02) 492 23786 or (02) 492 14898

Provides in-patient rehabilitation for individuals with low or incomplete spinal cord injuries. Patients can also be admitted for conservative / non surgical management of pressure sores, or be transferred from Sydney for the final stages of inpatient rehabilitation prior to discharge home in the Hunter or Lower Mid North Coast regions.

Port Kembla Hospital Rehabilitation Service - (02) 4223 8203

The Illawarra spinal cord injury service is based at Port Kembla Hospital and offers a comprehensive service, including specialist community Clinical Nurse Consultancy.

Clinical Nurse Consultant - (02) 4223 8216

Paediatric Services

For Paediatric Services, referrals should be made to the most convenient service (not necessarily based on the patient's residential address).  New referrals are accepted up to the age of 16 years.

Sydney Children’s Hospital - (02) 9382 1685

The Sydney Children’s Hospital spinal clinic offers a multidisciplinary statewide service for children and adolescents with spinal cord injury and disease.

Clinical Nurse Consultant - (02) 9382 0681

The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Accepts new referrals for children and young people up to the age of 16 years. For children treated at The Children's Hospital with an established injury, transition to an adult spinal service is considered from approx 16 yrs of age, with full handover by 18 years of age.

Enquiries:

  • Staff Specialist, Rehabilitation - (02) 9845 2132
  • Clinical Nurse Consultant, Rehabilitation - (02) 9845 2815
  • See web site: www.chw.edu.au/rehabilitation

Non Government Organisations