History of The Children's Hospital at Westmead


In1880, the Sydney Hospital for Sick Children opened in Glebe. There were four doctors and six nurses who treated 55 sick children in the first year. The most common things that made children sick were infectious diseases like diphtheria, gastroenteritis and polio.

In 1906, the Hospital moved to Camperdown and became known as the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. The Hospital was located at Camperdown for close to 90 years.

You can watch a short film clip from 1929 called Here Comes Santa.

More space and better buildings and equipment were needed, so a new hospital was built and opened in Westmead in 1995. Westmead was chosen as the new place to build the hospital as it is near other major hospitals and as it’s closer to where lots of children live in Sydney’s western suburbs.