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Ryde Hospital celebrates 90th birthday

Ryde Hospital has celebrated its profound history with the hospital turning 90.

The special occasion was marked with a ceremony and cake cutting that was attended by current and former staff members, volunteers, and patients.
Attendees were treated to a digeridoo and Acknowledgment of Country by Tu Wa Macdonald, and short presentations by Ryde Hospital Emergency Department Director Peter Roberts AM, acting Head of Social Work JoAnne Wigan and General Manager Jennifer McConnell.

As part of the celebrations, attendees were also invited to attend an art workshop by artist Kubi Vasak. The workshop was open to all attendees, with the aim being for Kubi to develop a collage that will be displayed in the new redeveloped hospital.

NSLHD Chief Executive Anthony Schembri thanked all current and former staff members, volunteers and community members for their work in making Ryde Hospital the special place it is today.

“The hospital is an integral piece of the Ryde community and the western Sydney regions that surround it, and provides healthcare for around 130,000 people,” he said.

I’d like to acknowledge and thank all of our current and former staff members, our volunteers and our community members who have all played a part in making this hospital an integral piece of the Ryde community
NSLHD Chief Executive, Anthony Schembri

Anthony also acknowledged the $479 million redevelopment that is underway and thanked staff for their continued flexibility in helping to bring the project to life and also thanked consumer groups for their considerable consultation so far.

“It is very exciting that we can look towards the exciting future of the hospital and its $479 million redevelopment, and I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in the process so far,” he said.

“Staging is underway for the new state-of-the-art hospital, and I can’t wait to go on the journey with our staff and the Ryde community.”

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