Henley & Grange Hospital

Were you ever a patient at the Henley & Grange Hospital?

The Henley & Grange Hospital at 367 Esplanade Henley Beach was between Reedie and Marlborough Streets. Some records indicate it was called Henley Beach Private Hospital until 1951 when negotiations began to transform it into a community hospital. Babies were still being born there, and it seemed to have reduced functions until 1957 when it was known as the Henley and Grange Community Hospital.

The hospital was used for such surgical procedures as tonsils, appendectomy, haemorrhoids, dental procedures, Caesarean sections and other midwifery cases. It was a twenty-six-bed hospital with one operating theatre, double rooms, some overlooking the sea, and separate shared bathroom facilities for male and female, a kitchen and some staff facilities but no recovery room for post-operative care. There was a small car park for visiting doctors, accessed from Seaview Road.

Once in 1953, in a huge storm, the hospital front rooms were threatened by the sea, reaching to within three to four metres. With the threat of global warning and rising sea levels we can be thankful it was superseded by the Western Community Hospital in Cudmore Terrace.

Image credit: Henley & Grange Historical Society

More details about the hospital are available in Journal 43 (2022).

15 Comments

  1. Lindy J Lawson

    I was born at the Henley and Grange Community Hospital in August 1958, my mother had surgery there in 1960

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    • Sue Mullin

      My brother was born there in March 1961 and I was born in February 1959. Dr Turner was the doctor and came to tell my dad he was a father. My father was building the family home at the time.

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    • Anonymous

      I was born at this hospital on 16 of June 1943 it was a Saturday

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  2. Kerry

    I was born there in December 1957.

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  3. Lee

    I was born there 15th December 1948

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    • Leonie Johns.

      I was born there 13th December 1948. Dr Elix delivered me.

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      • Scott Howard

        I was born here on 28/12/1961

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  4. Leonie Irene Clark (née Taylor)

    I was born at this hospital on 16th June 1943 ,it was a Saturday ,I am now 80 yrs .

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  5. Sam

    I was born in 1970 and adopted out from there

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  6. Leonie Johns.

    I was born there 13th December 1948. Dr Elix delivered me.

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  7. Alistair Holmes

    I was born there 22nd September 1969

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  8. Michelle Young (nee Tatler)

    I was born there in September, 1967. Is the original building still standing?

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    • Anne Mitchell

      Thanks for your comment and question Michelle. Unfortunately the Henley & Grange Hospital was demolished in the 1970s.

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  9. Deb

    I was born there in 1959

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  10. Kaye Gaskin

    I was born there Sept 1960

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