Canterbury Hospital Heritage Panel

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Canterbury Hospital

Canterbury Road, cnr Thorncraft Pde., Campsie This panel was erected by Canterbury City Council, 2002. Unveiled by Councillor Kayee Griffin, Mayor of Canterbury, on 26 April 2002.

Agitation for a hospital in the Canterbury area began before World War I. Fund raising activities included a flying demonstration at Canterbury Racecourse in May 1920, and numerous street stalls.

The foundation stone was laid by the Minister for Health in October 1927, and the first patient was admitted on 11 November 1929. Initially, the hospital had only 28 beds, but soon ward verandahs were being converted to increase the bed capacity.

By 1943 the hospital had 98 beds, rising to 220 beds in 1965. In the early years the Honorary Medical Staff consisted of all the medical practitioners in the district (total 33), three dentists and nine specialist consultants.

In 1964, the hospital became an Affiliated Teaching Hospital of the University of New South Wales. The name The Canterbury District Memorial Hospital was changed to The Canterbury Hospital in 1972.

A major re-development of the hospital was completed in 1998.