History of the hospitals
We’ve been around since your grandparents were kids!
The buildings and equipment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children’s Hospital are all pretty new, but the hospitals have actually been around for a really long time. If your parents or your grandparents were sick when they were little they might have come to the same hospital as you!
The way that doctors and nurses look after sick kids has changed a lot since the hospitals first opened in the 1800’s. There weren’t as many tests and treatments invented, so sometimes it was harder to find out what was wrong with kids and to make them feel better.
Parents were not allowed to stay in hospital with their kids back then and there weren’t fun visitors like Clown Doctors, Delta Dogs and celebrities.
It’s amazing to think what the hospitals will be like in another 100 years time. Hopefully by then researchers will have found the cure to some diseases that make people really sick, like cancer and diabetes.
The history of the hospitals is really interesting. You might like to suggest to your teacher that your class studies what hospitals were like many years ago or you could write about this for a school project.
Here is a bit more information about the history of both hospitals: