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Dictionary of Sydney – Sydney’s Hospital History

It wasn’t until the late 1830s that Sydneysiders had access to what we’d recognise as a hospital, with the focus, when it came to healthcare, being firmly on convicts and soldiers at the time and not free settlers.

Now, we have access to over 220 different public hospital facilities in NSW, with people able visit for anything from major surgery to just a common cold, but it took until 1857 until Sydney saw it second hospital when St Vincent’s in Paddington open.

Dr Peter Hobbins from Sydney University and the Dictionary of Sydney, of course spoke to Nic about the evolution of Sydney’s hospital system.

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