Royal Children's Hospital

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Royal Children's Hospital
The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.jpg
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates 37°47′42″S 144°56′59″E / 37.79500°S 144.94972°E / -37.79500; 144.94972Coordinates: 37°47′42″S 144°56′59″E / 37.79500°S 144.94972°E / -37.79500; 144.94972
Care system Medicare
Hospital type Specialist
Affiliated university University of Melbourne and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Beds 334
Speciality Children's hospital
Founded 1870, 2011 present site

The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) is a major children's hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

As a major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria, the Royal Children's Hospital provides a full range of clinical services, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and young people.[1]

The hospital is the designated statewide major trauma centre for paediatrics in Victoria and a Nationally Funded Centre for cardiac and liver transplantation.

Its campus partners are the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and The University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, which are based onsite with the hospital.

The hospital is surrounded by the parkland of Royal Park, with views of trees and lots of natural light.


The hospital was established in 1870 and moved to its present site in Parkville on the corner of Flemington Road and Gatehouse Street in 1963.

The Royal Children's Hospital was founded by Doctors John Singleton and William Smith, in response to their serious concerns about infant mortality in the fledgling city of Melbourne. The original "Free Hospital for Sick Children" was set up in a small house at 39 Stephen Street (now 49 Exhibition Street) and treated more than 1,000 children in its first year of operation.[2]

New RCH site[edit]

In 2005, the Victorian State Government announced plans to build a brand new 334-bed home for RCH adjacent to the current site.[3]

The winning bid of the redevelopment is led by Babcock & Brown with architects Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart Architects. HKS Inc. Architects of Dallas, Texas provided Pediatric Design and Planning Services and consulting engineers Norman Disney & Young. Work commenced on the site in late 2007, and was complete in late 2011, opened by the Queen on her Royal Tour.[4] The current hospital will be demolished by 2014, after the transition to the new facility. Patients were moved into the new hospital in November 2011.[5] After the move, much of the old site will be turned into a park, creating a new gateway to Royal Park.[6]

Good Friday Appeal[edit]

The Good Friday Appeal is held annually to raise money for the hospital. It has been broadcast on the Seven TV network for 52 years. The goal of the Appeal is to ensure that children with life-threatening illnesses receive the best possible medical and clinical care.[7]

The 2009 Appeal raised $13,862,734.[8] The 2010 Appeal raised $14,462,000.[9] The 2011 Appeal raised $15,156,000. The 2012 Appeal raised $15,820,640. The 2013 appeal raised $16,405,534.65.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Royal Children's Hospital : About The Royal Children's Hospital". Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  2. ^ "Dr John Singleton 1808-1891 : Christian, doctor, philanthropist / Roslyn Otzen. - Version details - Trove". Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  3. ^ "The Royal Children's Hospital : The Royal Children's Hospital" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  4. ^ "The Queen officially opens the new Royal Children’s Hospital | RCH News". 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Patients ready to move into the brand new Royal Children’s Hospital | RCH News". 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ "Good Friday Appeal". Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  9. ^ Lillebuen, Steve (3 April 2010). "Vic Good Friday Appeal sets new record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  10. ^ [3][dead link]

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