Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne

The Royal Women's Hospital, located in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville, is Australia's largest specialist women's hospital, offering a full range of services in maternity, gynaecology, neonatal care and women's health. [ [ Royal Women's Hospital Official website] ] It also offers complementary services such as social work, physiotherapy and pastrol care. Specialist clinics in Infertility and Endometriosis [ [ Melbourne IVF] Accessed April 28, 2007] are also available. It is a major teaching hospital of over 200 beds with links to the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. Co-located in the same building is the Frances Perry Private Hospital, a 69 bed private hospital for women.


The hospital was established at Eastern Hill by doctors Richard Tracy and John Maund on 19 August, 1856 as a place where under-privileged women could give birth with proper medical attention. The doctors were assisted by a group of women led by Mrs Frances Perry, the wife of the Bishop of Melbourne. The original title for the hospital was the "Melbourne Lying-in Hospital and Infirmary for Diseases Peculiar to Women and Children". In 1858 it was relocated to its present site in Carlton. In March 1884, the hospital was renamed "The Hospital for Women", with the royal title being conferred on 6 September 1954. ["Sex and Suffering" by Janet McCalman, MUP 1999 (Melbourne) ISBN 0522849024]

In 2005 Victorian Premier Steve Bracks and Health Minister Bronwyn Pike announced a major redevelopment and relocation of the Royal Women's Hospital and Frances Perry Private Hospital next to the Royal Melbourne Hospital on the corner of Grattan Street and Flemington Road in Parkville. The new building and facilities was opened on 13th of June, 2008. [Melbourne Health [ Media Release] 11 April 2005. Accessed April 28, 2007] The new building cost the Victorian Government $250 million dollars, and has the capacity for 6000 births per year.


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