St Vincent's Hospital is nationally and internationally recognised as one of Australia's leading and technologically advanced hospitals. This reputation is enhanced by being a teaching hospital of the University of New South Wales and the Australian Catholic University. St Vincent's Hospital has 17 professorial chairs attached to the University of NSW.
A leader in the provision of new and varied forms of care and medical procedures, St Vincent’s Hospital’s drive to tackle new illnesses is central to its commitment to serve the contemporary needs of the community.
A range of healthcare services
St Vincent's is a principal referral hospital providing a range of medical, nursing and allied health services. Each year more than 32,000 people receive treatment. About one-third come through the hospital's Emergency Department.
As a tertiary referral hospital, St Vincent's treats many people with life threatening illnesses, such as cancer, cardiothoracic conditions, HIV/AIDS, neurological conditions and bone marrow disorders.
The hospital's medical services are divided into Clinical Service Units- the main units are Neuroscience, Oncology, Haematology, Gastro Medicine/Surgery, AIDS/Immunology, Dermatology, Thoracic Medicine, Cardiac, Vascular, Renal, Endocrine, Bone and Joint, Aged Care, Palliative Care, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug,Therapeutics.
Services Linked to Specialist Units
The Heart-Lung Transplant Unit pioneered heart transplantation in Australia. In 1968 the first heart transplant in Australia was performed by Dr Harry Windsor at St Vincent's. In recent times the hospital has developed the Heart Mate program and the cardiomyoplasty procedure to help patients with severe cardiac conditions.
Australia's first and leading bone marrow transplant program is conducted at St Vincent's, as is Australia's premier HIV medicine facility. St Vincent's is internationally recognised for its early response to the AIDS epidemic.
Other leading specialist units cover bone and joint disease, pharmacology, diabetes and endocrine disorders; kidney and bladder-related problems. St Vincent's Hospital is also a leader in the fields of neurosurgery and the treatment of people with Parkinson's disease.
Other specialist activities include:
- Bowel Cancer Research Unit
- Clinical Trials Unit
- Caritas Psychiatric Unit
- Sacred Heart Palliative Care Institute
- Drug and Alcohol Service
- St Vincent's and Curran Foundation Healthy Lifestyle Centre (incorporating the Smoker's Clinic)
- Gorman House (Detoxification Unit)
- The John Plunkett Centre for Ethics in Health Care (a joint initiative of St Vincent's and the Australian Catholic University)
- Natural Family Planning Department
- Chaplaincy Services (all denominations).
St Vincents & Mater Health Sydney
As a facility of St Vincents & Mater Health Sydney and a member of the St Vincent's Health Care Campus at Darlinghurst, St Vincent's Hospital has close collaborative relationships with several other major healthcare organisations:
- Garvan Institute of Medical Research
- Sacred Heart Hospice
- St Vincent's Clinic
- St Vincent's Private Hospital
- Mater Hospital
- St Joseph’s Hospital, Auburn
- Arthritis Research Foundation, and
- Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
These facilities are widely acclaimed for being at the forefront of scientific discovery, medical innovation, patient care, research, teaching and nursing care.