Caring for the Northern community for 40 years
Memories shared from staff and specialists
“I started private practice in 1986. There were two private hospitals in the North at that time: Harwin Private Hospital at Brahma Lodge and Central District Private Hospital in Elizabeth Vale. Both were owned by the same health group. After a while it was decided to make Harwin a medical hospital and Centrals a surgical hospital. This did not work out and in the end Harwin was closed and became a nursing home. Centrals on the other hand had grown from a small hospital with few visiting medical specialists to one with onsite specialist centre and other medical services with large number of visiting specialists. Hopefully it will continue to grow in the future.
A bit of trivia. Do you know why the wards are named A, D, G and M?
They used to be Wards A, B, C and D. When two senior pioneer surgeons retired many years ago, it was decided to change Ward B to Ward M in honour of Mr James Mill, while Ward C was renamed Ward K in honour of Mr Paddy King. This was subsequently called G Ward (for Grote) when the palliative ward was set up.”
–Dr Charles Wong
“There was a lady that came in the other week, and she remembered me from when I first started in 1986! It just shows that patients are still coming back thirty odd years later, and we have lots like that.”
– Gill, Patient Services
“We are part of the community. Anything that happened in the community, we’ve been part of that. So like bush fires in ’83 and the ones more recently, they affected our patients, so it affected us. We are part of their lives, and they are a part of ours.”
“We have been a family. We supported each other through births, deaths, marriages, sickness, and everything in between. That was the most important thing to us.”
– Grainne, Oncology