my blogger friend chun see (of goodmorningyesterday) commented on my posting on tan tock seng hospital and made a suggestion that i write something about another hospital that was at one time located not far from tan tock seng hospital. i have nothing much to go by because i had visited that particular hospital only once or twice.
so for the sake of younger readers who may not be aware of the existence of thomson road hospital, i am going to provide some information on it. thomson road hospital was located along toa payoh rise, which is also the location of the school for the blind. today, that school is called the school for the visually handicapped.
thomson road hospital was opened in 1959 as a single ward hospital, served by two doctors and seven nursing staff. it was designated as a hospital for the chronic sick and for the people living in that area. soon it was taking in more patients, including those suffering from common diseases and illnesses.
in 1965, the extensions, which included an outpatient casualty ward and a surgery, were completed. as the hospital took on more responsibilities, its role as an acute hospital providing a range of medical services was recognised in 1968 when it was renamed the thomson road general hospital.
not long after this name change, it was renamed toa payoh general hospital to identify with the new satellite town.
toa payoh general hospital was closed down on 15 february 1997. the staff and patients were transferred to the new changi hospital at simei.