The Royal Melbourne Hospital will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2023.
- The RMH will celebrate our 175th anniversary in 2023
- The RMH is Victoria’s first public hospital and has touched the lives of millions of Victorians
- We have grown from a two-storey cottage to a service spanning multiple sites providing acute, subacute, aged and mental health care
- The RMH looks forward to celebrating this milestone with our community
The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) will celebrate a major milestone in 2023 – our 175th anniversary.
The RMH is Victoria’s first public hospital and has touched the lives of millions of Victorians, providing care and treatment to our community as it grown from a colonial town to a major city.
While many aspects of health care, technology and research have changed over 175 years, one thing has not: our dedication to providing the best care to our community.
That is reflected in our promise to our community: Always there when it matters most.
The Melbourne Hospital - we became "Royal" by Royal Charter in 1935 - opened its doors to the public on 15 March 1848. We began as a 10-bed, two-storey cottage on the corner of Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, and treated 89 inpatients and 98 outpatients in our first year.
The RMH now encompasses our sites at the RMH Parkville and the RMH Royal Park as well as residential aged care and mental health sites across inner and western Melbourne. Across the service there are 1084 beds for inpatient, RMH@Home, residential aged care and mental health services.
And we cared for 105,246 inpatient admission, 83,635 Emergency Department presentations and performed 18,640 emergency and elective surgeries in 2021-22.
We look forward to celebrating this milestone with the community we are proud to be part of and serve for 175 years.