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copy of Matron's rules for patients 1909

Matron's rules for patients 1909

At the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, we provide the best possible care to more than 250,000 patients each year, through our outpatient service, emergency department and specialist clinics. Our consistently high standards of patient care are made possible through the world leading research we conduct together with our partners, paired with industry-leading staff and a commitment to teaching and training at every level. We could not achieve results without the ongoing support of our volunteers, donors and fundraisers, who generously donate goods, funding and time to the hospital each year.

Our patients are at the centre of everything we do at the Eye and Ear and to continue to provide the best possible care we must embrace every opportunity to grow. In 2013 we celebrated our 150th anniversary, providing the perfect opportunity for us to look back at all we have achieved so that we may continue to evolve in the decades to come. As Melbourne's third oldest hospital, the Eye and Ear has witnessed many changes since it began, with five pounds and one bed, as the Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1863. In 2013, we celebrated 150 years as Australia's only specialist eye, ear, nose and throat hospital.

Our history - Eye and Ear Through the Decades: 150 years of caring in every sense
A comprehensive decade-by-decade history of the hospital was released recognising all those who have helped the Eye and Ear become what it is today. View the online version here or download a copy of The Eye and Ear through the decades: 150 years of caring in every sense.

Those who helped to shape the hospital's growth, including our staff, patients, donors and volunteers were also featured on the website during 2013, beginning with our founder Dr Andrew Gray.