The New Murat Bay District Hospital


By the courtesy of Mr. R. Fairbrother, Clerk of Works for the new hospital building in Ceduna, we were given opportunity to look over the new building. To say that we were astonished at the progress made, would be to put it very mildly, indeed to a mere laymen, with the exception of the light fittings and some plumbing work, the building seems almost ready for occupation. But with the thoroughness which has been a feature of all the contractors work, he will leave nothing to chance and will not permit of occupation until the whole of the really marvellous fittings and lighting effects are permanently in place.

Building Ceduna Hospital

The plastering is finished and Mr Greenfield has done a fine job. The large airy wards, rooms and offices are snow white which is the colour (if it be a colour) to use in hot climates. The electrical work is being finished by Mr Wills of the Quick Service and voluntary outside assistance, it is a credit to all concerned. There will be six brilliant Zeiss lamps for general use in the Labour Ward, Sterilising room, the Matron’s room and the kitchen as well as other positions. The splendid light in the operating theatre, we have already described. All the wards will have push lights which can be operated by patients as well as electric bells well within the reach of patients and nurses. The plumbing work is intricate and nothing has been left undone that would contribute to sanitary excellence. Mr Edwards is in charge of this department, and has proved himself an expert. We might mention that the long drain from the western side of the hospital to the sea, has proved how exactly it will do what is required of it, that is, to quickly take all refuse to the sea. How quickly it did so was proved by the fact that two minutes after water was turned into the drain at the hospital, it flowed into the sea. There is a perfect catacomb in connection with this system, to which earthenware vents rising from the ground clearly bear evidence. The system in the theatre and sterilising room is from the very latest patterns, and fulfils all modern requirements. The sterilised and ether water connected with the theatre is not touched by human hand at all, so that there is no possibility of infectious germs being picked up.

Building Ceduna Hospital

The exterior of the building is now quite picturesque. Of true Bungalow shape, it is surrounded by a very wide, verandah—which no building in these latitudes should be without. The entrance hall takes us into a roomy passage which is in “T” shape to the said entrance. Beginning at the westward, on our right is the nursery and on our left the nurse’s room, light and airy, both of them. Then out the northern side we find the nurses’ bathrooms with a huge linen press some 12 feet high and proportionately broad, then we come to the large mens ward, there is another huge linen press in this of the same dimension as that mentioned above. Another roomy ward—they are all well lighted and face the northern verandah—and we come to a wide passage to the kitchen. Beyond this is a large obstetric ward, with every possible comfort and convenience for patients and attendants. Then comes a wide doorway—all the doors are single and wide enough to admit the wheeling of the patients to and fro—and on the extreme left is the X Ray and developing room, which we trust will soon be in use.

Building Ceduna Hospital

Turning and going westward, we first reach the Operating Room, which we feel sure should gladden the heart of any surgeon. It is very large, lighted from above and at the sides, with hot and cold water and all that is necessary for the most exacting surgeon. Then comes the sterilising room, complete with every convenience and improvement. Next to it is the Labour Ward and then come two Private Wards. Beyond the hall is matron’s office and room which brings us to the end of the actual interior of the building. Two tanks are installed, each holding 2000 gallons and there is the large underground tank which already has fifteen inches of water in it. Of course running water is laid all through the building. Space this week will not allow us to describe the kitchen, the laundry, the cellar, the heating apparatus and many other offices and conveniences. But this we must say, that there is quite enough evidence that our hospital will be second to none and superior to most of any institutions of its kind in the Commonwealth.

HISTORY BITS AND PIECES Some stories and photos of our district by Sue Trewartha and Erica Bodger. See Ceduna Old Photos on Facebook for more local history and photos.

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