The Royal Melbourne Hospital celebrated the beginning of spring with its annual Posy Day tradition of delivering brightly coloured bouquets of flowers to patients.
Posy Day, which was originally named "Grannies Day" in 1937, according to an official history of the event, was celebrated with a tea party and a concert held in the outpatient hall for the elderly female patients to help ease their loneliness while being in hospital.
In 1941, after a mention of the day in the Sun News Pictorial, the hospital was swamped with flowers from well-wishers from all across Victoria.
Elderly male patients were included in the tradition 1947, and then a year later The RMH Auxiliaries took over running the event from the Melbourne Ladies' Flower Mission.
Posy Day is now funded by Friends of RMH and was extended to include all patients in 2000. The day sees a typical 700+ bouquets hand chosen and wrapped by volunteers and delivered across all the wards of The RMH City and Royal Park campuses.
Melbourne Health Chief Executive, Professor Christine Kilpatrick, knows how much a simple gesture such as receiving flowers can mean to patients.
“Posy Day is one of The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s longest running traditions and brings great joy to our patients,” she said.
“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 history."
Posy Day has been running for 82 years and is now a highly anticipated day for many volunteers and staff across the hospital.