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Balmain Hospital

Balmain Hospital signageIn 2009 the NSW State Government announced that it would be changing the operational hours of Balmain Hospital Casualty from 24 hour service to a 8am to 10pm

The Leichhardt community united together to oppose these cuts.

Leichhardt Council sought a meeting with the NSW Minister for Health; to discuss these changes but did not received a response. Council has sought support from the then Member for Balmain, Verity Firth MP for this important campaign.

Council held two public meeting including a public meeting that was held in front of Balmain Hospital. Over 150 people heard many passionate and expert speakers explain the need to retain the 24 hour casualty service, some telling their story of how the Hospital had been there to provide casualty services and treatment in the middle of the night.

Unfortunately, the campaign was unsuccessful.

Today Balmain Hospital Casualty is now only open from 8am - 10pm.

Background Documents


The Balmain Hospital Casualty changes were discussed at the following meetings: