For 150 years, The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) has provided world-leading care to Victoria’s sickest and most vulnerable children and young people.
Founding doctors, William Smith and John Singleton, had a vision “to help sick and injured children at no cost to families”. With the help of a volunteer ladies committee, they brought their vision to life. The Melbourne Free Hospital for Sick Children opened its doors on 9 September 1870 with just six beds.
The story of how the RCH has grown from such humble beginnings to become one of the world’s great hospitals for children is as impressive as it is unique. It’s a story of visionary people dedicated to building something extraordinary.
A story of thousands of heroes (celebrated and unknown) whose tenacity and commitment – as medical innovators, nurses, volunteers, educators, researchers, philanthropists, fundraisers, administrators and supporters – has created a much-loved institution with a place in the heart of all Victorians.
There are many things that make four-year-old’s happy, like paw patrol, bowling, and eating ice cream, yet visiting the hospital doesn’t usually rank high on that list. However, Noah isn’t your average four-year-old. “I love the hospital because they’re all my best friends,” grins four-year-old Noah, with the deepest sincerity only a toddler can behold. And it’s a pretty big statement for a boy who has spent his whole life in and out of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).
Signs of Noah’s heart condition were picked up at mum Rhiannon’s 20 week antenatal scan...
In 2020, the RCH will mark 150 years of caring, and to commemorate this incredible milestone, we’re calling on the community to share their own RCH story that will make up our history. From life-changing clinical care, to the nurses that put a smile on your face, we want to know what makes the RCH special to you.
Submit your memory today and help us tell 150 stories.