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TPCH History: 1960s



The vacant prefabricated wards were converted into a senile annex equipped to accommodate 44 male and 108 female patients and a sub-normal children’s ward to accommodate 100 children’s cases.

The Cardiac Unit opened.

The first Cardiac Catheterisation procedure was performed on the 4th October.

Image taken around 1963


The hospital was renamed The Chermside Hospital and was governed by the Chermside Hospitals Board.

The Chermside Hospital performed its first thoracic surgery procedure on the 8th February.

The Physiotherapy Department was established.


The Chermside Hospital opened a 76 bed Orthopaedic Ward.

The Handicapped Children’s Unit opened.


The Respiratory Function Unit opened.


The Neuro-Psychiatric Wards opened on the 13th May (later renamed the Winston Noble Unit).

The Chermside Hospital performed its first pacemaker procedure.

The first ‘hole in the heart’ (ventricular septal defect) operation was performed.

Open heart surgery commenced on the 7th April.

The first open heart operation being performed

The first children’s ward opened for cardiac and thoracic (asthmatic) patients.  This was because the admission of children to the adult ward was unsatisfactory.


The technology of IMAX was invented by Dr Jim Hood, TPCH Radiologist.

The Geriatrics Wards opened.


Paediatric aortic and pulmonary valve surgery and repair commenced and The Chermside Hospital led Australia in this field.

The Cryovalve Bank opened.

A “Cardiac Day” was held at the hospital on 30th September which was attended by over 100 members of the medical profession.


Annual Reports

Link to the Annual Reports stored on the Library Catalogue.  Access is freely available.