Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital celebrates 60 years


Nurse Sue Morey, who has been working at SCGH for 46 years, with colleagues Linne Cowperthwaite, Helen Cadwallader, Marie Slater and Sue Davis. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Nurse Sue Morey, who has been working at SCGH for 46 years, with colleagues Linne Cowperthwaite, Helen Cadwallader, Marie Slater and Sue Davis. Picture: Matt Jelonek

SIXTY years ago, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) opened its doors for the first time.

Back then it was called the Perth Chest Hospital, and on August 22, 1958, patients with tuberculosis were ferried by army ambulance from Wooroloo to Nedlands.

SCGH was renamed in 1963 after the then-governor of Western Australia.

The hospital now has over 60,000 emergency presentations each year, admits over 93,000 patients, and provides treatment to over half a million outpatients.

Staff, volunteers and patients gathered yesterday on the Watling Walk to celebrate the milestone birthday, with Sue Morey one of five staff members awarded for over 45 years of service.

She started as a student nurse at SCGH in 1970 across various departments, and has specialised in respiratory medicine from 1972 to now.

“It’s hard to believe I’ve been here for so many years of the 60,” the nurse said.

“I made a decision early in my career to stick to the clinical side, where I can be in a position to make things happen for patients.”

Gail Cooksley and Mavis Matthews were also recognised for a combined 120 years of work and volunteering since the Perth Chest Hospital days.

Over 5500 staff and volunteers keep the hospital running, with several state services including neurosurgery, a comprehensive cancer centre, and the state kidney and liver transplant service calling SCGH home.