An annual tradition of delivering brightly coloured flowers to patients is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Posy Day is a long-held tradition of the hospital which marks the beginning of spring by presenting every patient with a posy of flowers.
This Tuesday 5 September the Friends of Royal Melbourne Hospital and hospital volunteers will put together 850 posies and personally deliver them to patients at the City and Royal Park campuses.
Posy Day began in 1937 as “Grannies’ Day” when members of The Royal Melbourne Hospital Auxiliaries gave flowers to elderly female patients to help ease their loneliness while in hospital.
In 2000, it was decided that the day should include all patients – male and female – and this has continued since.
Melbourne Health Chief Executive Professor Christine Kilpatrick said the day puts a smile on many people’s faces.
“Posy Day is one of The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s longest running traditions and brings great joy to our patients,” she said.
“A simple gesture such as the delivery of flowers can make a big difference to a patient’s day.”
“We would like to thank the Friends of Royal Melbourne Hospital and our volunteers for their generous contributions to Posy Day this year and throughout the day’s 80 year history.”
Posy Day is funded by the Friends of Royal Melbourne Hospital.