Preston & Northcote Community Hospital

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Preston & Northcote Community Hospital
Geography
Location corner of Hotham and Bell Streets, Preston, Australia
Coordinates 37°44′47″S 145°0′32″E / 37.74639°S 145.00889°E / -37.74639; 145.00889
Services
Beds 304
History
Founded 1958
Officially opened: 3rd July 1960[1][2]
Closed April 1999
Links
Lists Hospitals in Australia

The Preston & Northcote Community Hospital (often referred to as PANCH[3]) was a former hospital located in Preston, Victoria, Australia, opened in 1958 and relocated to the Northern Hospital in Epping in February 1998.[4][5][6][7][8] PANCH was located on the corner of Bell and Hotham Streets.[9] The site was sold off in April 1999, and part of the 30,000-square-metre (320,000 sq ft) site is now occupied by The Bell Centre (student accommodation).[10]

Fixtures from the hospital were removed by volunteers to help rebuild a community hospital in Suai, East Timor.[citation needed] The hospital's former operating theatres were used for a play on genetic engineering named The Teratology Project in 2002.[11]

A new facility called the PANCH Health Service was established in 2003 by the State Government to address a shortage of medical services in the area.[12] This State Government health service, which is located opposite the old PANCH site, is named out of nostalgia and is not directly connected with the former Preston & Northcote Community Hospital.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Preston and Northcote Community Hospital : souvenir of the official opening, Sunday, 3rd July 1960, Preston and Northcote community hospital, 1960, retrieved 12 March 2017 
  2. ^ Memories : School, 1955, Compiled for Darebin Heritage by Brian Membrey, ...from Bransgrove's farm on the corner of Hotham and Bell Streets...the Preston and Northcote Community Hospital...Bransgrove family in residence at the time were, of course, the direct descendants of the George Bransgrove responsible for the original school in East Preston being relocated to Hotham Street in the early 1870s...
  3. ^ "In focus". The Argus (Melbourne). Victoria, Australia. 21 July 1956. p. 12. Retrieved 12 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. , ...to aid the Preston and Northcote Community Hospital (familiarly known as "PANCH")...
  4. ^ Page 201, The Information Audit: A Practical Guide, By Susan Henczel, ...Case study 1:...(PANCH)...offered...inpatient and outpatient services, including obstretrics, gynaecology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, general medicinem psychiatry, radiology, pathology, pharmacy and emergency services...secondary role...training of medical, nursing and allied health students...
  5. ^ "Preston-Northcote Hospital". The Age (27823). Victoria, Australia. 23 June 1944. p. 3. Retrieved 12 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "AROUND the SUBURBS : Community Hospital". The Age (29152). Victoria, Australia. 1 October 1948. p. 5. Retrieved 12 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. , ...Plans have been drawn up for the Preston and Northcote Community Hospital, which, when completed, should be one of the most up-to-date hospitals in this State....
  7. ^ "Permits granted for new hospitals Work on £2m. buildings starts soon "BEDS NEEDED"". The Argus (Melbourne) (32,382). Victoria, Australia. 15 June 1950. p. 7. Retrieved 12 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. , ...Permits were now available for the following projects: * Preston - Northcote Community Hospital £980,000...
  8. ^ "Preston Hospital Tenders Approved". The Age (29,829). Victoria, Australia. 4 December 1950. p. 4. Retrieved 12 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  9. ^ "£1m. CONTRACT FOR HOSPITAL". Weekly Times (4252). Victoria, Australia. 20 December 1950. p. 4. Retrieved 12 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. , ...The six-storey hospital will be built at the corner of Hotham and Bell Streets, Preston...
  10. ^ Asian Pacific Group's 115-metre Box Hill tower wins approval, By Nicole Lindsay, March 25 2015, The Sydney Morning Herald, ...The Deague family has had success revamping older commercial properties. It recently sold the Bell City hotel and conference centre, which was formerly the PANCH hospital site, in Preston for $142.87 million...
  11. ^ When clones kill the Second Coming, By Jo Roberts, November 27 2002, The Age)
  12. ^ Panch Health Service, Northern Health

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