Macksville Hospital turns 60 on Thursday

The original Macksville Hospital built in 1958
The original Macksville Hospital built in 1958

Do you have any old photographs of Macksville District Hospital? Did you work at the Hospital in the early days after it opened in 1958? Do you have memories of the Hospital you would like to share?

If so, the Mid North Coast Local Health District would love to hear from you as it prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the hospital.

Macksville District Hospital was officially opened on December 6, 1958, and tomorrow, Thursday, it’s birthday will be celebrated by staff and community members with a “Walk Down Memory Lane”.

Staff, past and present, and members of the community are invited to visit the hospital chapel anytime between 10am and 2pm to see the display of old photographs and memorabilia.

The first Matron of the Hospital, Alma Eastwood

The first Matron of the Hospital, Alma Eastwood

Director of Nursing, Janelle Goodall, is excited about the impending celebration and the opportunity to look back at the remarkable history of Macksville District Hospital.

“There is a real buzz around the hospital as we mark this important birthday and moment in time for our site,” Ms Goodall said.

Staff and community members have been sharing stories and telling us what the hospital means to them … it is such a precious place to us all

Jane Goodall

Staff are collecting as many items as they can to compile a commemorative book marking many decades of the Macksville District Hospital in its present location.

This will be the last major milestone birthday the site will celebrate prior to moving in to the new hospital to be built three kilometres away.

During construction in 1956/57

During construction in 1956/57

Early works are already underway to prepare the new site for the construction of the $73 million facility.

If you have any memorabilia you would like to share, these items can be photographed or scanned and used as part of the display and commemorative book.

Items can be dropped into the hospital or call 6568 0666.