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David Berry Hospital

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David Berry in his will of 1889 directed his trustees to set apart the sum of £100,000 "for the purpose of erecting a hospital for diseases for the benefit particularly of inhabitants of Broughton Creek and the District of Shoalhaven". (1) Initially a temporary hospital was established in a cottage on the banks of Broughton Creek. This hospital was inadequate to service the community's needs, and as a result of negotiations with the Government a specific Act of Parliament was passed. (2) The David Berry Hospital Act, 1906 (Act No. 53 1906) committed the Government to the construction of a new hospital within ten years. (3) The trustees of the David Berry Estate handed over to the Government 88 acres of land at Berry's Bay, North Sydney, upon the undertaking of the Government to provide and maintain for all time in the Berry district a hospital for the community. In 1909 the David Berry Hospital was opened as a state health institution. (4) The Hospital was regarded as being different from other country hospitals as it was entirely under Government control. (5)

Operations at the hospital were undertaken with assistance of doctors from Nowra. In 1921 additions were completed to the sanitary annex attached to the isolation wards. (6) Expansion of the hospital's facilities occurred in 1936 with the construction of an aborigines ward, a maternity ward adjoining the women's ward, and a small general purposes ward adjoining the men's ward. (7)

The David Berry Hospital is a 26-bed inpatient unit of the Illawarra Area Health Service - 17 beds are for rehabilitation patients and 9 beds for palliative care patients.

FOOTNOTES
(1) David Berry Hospital Act, Act No. 53 1906 Preamble.
(2) Director General of Public Health report for the year ended 31 December 1913 in the Parliamentary Papers, 1914-15 Vol. 4, page 188.
(3) David Berry Hospital Act, Act No. 53 1906 Section 6.
(4) Director General of Public Health report for the year ended 31 December 1913 Op. cit page188.
(5) Director General of Public Health report for the year ended 31 December 1916 in the Parliamentary Papers, 1917-18 Vol. 4, page 187.
(6) Director General of Public Health report for the year ended 31 December 1921 in the Parliamentary Papers, 1922 Vol. 3, page 194.
(7) Director General of Public Health report for the year ended 31 December 1936 in the Parliamentary Papers, 1937-38, Vol. 3, page 1052.
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