20 year anniversary of Port Augusta hospital

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Staff at Port Augusta Hospital will be joined by former employees to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the current building.

Country Health SA Regional Director Flinders and Upper North, Ros McRae, said it is a big milestone and clearly remembers the big move on Melbourne Cup Day in 1997.

“I was Port Augusta Hospital’s campus manager at the time and I still remember moving patients and beds from the old building to the new one down the hill,” Ms McRae said.

“I can still remember the first baby being born and the opening of the new theatres.

“The staff were hugely involved in the planning of the new hospital building, so they had ownership of it.

“Now we’re really looking forward to commemorating this latest chapter in Port Augusta Hospital’s rich journey and celebrating a great 20 years in the hospital.”

Port Augusta Hospital first opened in 1875 before being upgraded in 1972, and then once more in 1997.

The hospital’s old building is still very much a part of the hospital precinct, housing the administration wing and paediatric unit.

Nurse Unit Manager of the Emergency Department Consulting Site, Carol Brown, is the longest serving nurse at Port Augusta Hospital, recently clocking up 44 years, and is one of just a few people who have worked in all three hospital buildings.

“On the day of the move the SA Ambulance Service helped us transport some of the patients, others were taken in wheelchairs, and those who were well enough walked with staff to the new building,” Ms Brown said.

“Patients ate breakfast in the old hospital and lunch in the new building, and they were well and truly settled in time for the Melbourne Cup race.

“It was all so exciting – I can’t wait to mark this milestone with current and former colleagues at an afternoon tea next week.”

Members of the public are invited to view historical photos and memorabilia which will be on display in the hospital from October 30 until November 5.

Staff at Port Augusta Hospital and former employees who would like to attend the afternoon tea on Tuesday, 31 October and would like more information can call Carmel Daw on 8668 7501.

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