> Erinsborough & District Hospital
Erinsborough & District Hospital 1986-
Doctors: Melissa Leeman (1986); Dr Beverly Robinson (1987-1990); Doctor Boone 1989; Samantha Hamilton (1991); Doctor Lee (1991); Doctor Burrows (1992); Doctor Greer (1992); Doctor Palmerston (1993); Karl Kennedy (1994-2006; 2008-2009; 2010-); Veronica Olenski (1998-); Darcy Tyler (2000-2003); Jeanette Lewin (2001); Danielle Marks (2002); Martin [Cookie] Cook (2002); Roberta Marley (2003-2007); Philip Smith (2004); Doctor Trembath (2004); Doctor Gaunt (2004); Standford Mundy (2004-2006); Jeremy Levi (2004-); Doctor Hamill (2005); Doctor Fuller (2005); Sarah Young (2006); Sally Brock (2006); Roberta Price (2006); Sally Herbert (2006); Jan Kimberley (2006); Felicity Truman (2006); Demi Vinton (2007); Peter Dwyer (2007); Peggy Newton (2007-); Brian Rode (2009-); Doug Harris (2010-); Rhys Lawson (2011-)
Nurses: Pam Willis (1990-1994); Gail Williams (1992, 1993); Sarah Beaumont (1998-1999); Dione Bliss (2000-2003); Sheena Wilson (2000-2006); Gareth Peters (2005); Harriet Kewell (2006); Marilyn Hessie (2006); Katya Kinski (2006-2007; Marie Chaplin (2006-2007); Erinne Sinclair (2006-2007); Stasey Cotton (2008); Jodie Smith (2008-); Nicola West (2008); Brooke Mitchell (2009); Nurse (2010); Aidan Foster (2011-); Georgia Brooks (2012-)
Other Staff: Stuart Parker (2002); Darcy Tyler (2004-); Gerard Hancock (2006); Robert ‘Cameron’ Robinson (2006); Carmella Cammeniti (2006); Janae Hoyland (2006); Boyd Hoyland (2006-2007), Rebecca Napier (2007)
Replacing St. James’ as the local hospital for the residents of Erinsborough in 1986, Erinsborough & District Hospital has changed considerably over the years. There was a lack of consistency with the set in its early years, changing between almost every appearance. Originally an abundance of grey rooms and corridors with light wood doors, the grey soon made way for a warmer, taupe colour in 1988. By the early 90’s, this had changed again with a larger set, now blue with floral curtains in the rooms, with light wood doors and panelling. By 1993, this had changed again with the return of the grey, however with seemingly the same set, changing back to blue in time for Cody’s death in 1996. Various real locations were used as well during this time.
1999 saw the introduction of a consistent set, with beige walls and doors, with various arrangements being used, most commonly the Nurses station, waiting area and adjacent rooms. This remained fairly similar until 2005 when new arrangements were introduced, such as softer, more homely rooms for patients undergoing psychiatric assessment such as Sindi Watts, Stephanie Hoyland & Max Hoyland and an alternative reception area.
In 2006, the set underwent a complete overhaul, explained by an on-screen fire, started by Teresa Cammeniti which saw patients evacuated to a newly built wing of the hospital, which then replaced the fire damaged East Wing on a permanent basis. The new wing was similar in decoration to the Doctor’s surgery at Lassiter’s, following a blue and orange theme with a water feature in the new reception area, which had multiple rooms and corridors leading off it, adding a more realistic feel.
2007 saw the hospital change again, in preparation for the show’s change to High Definition filming and transmission with a new dark blue, beige and grey colour scheme. Upon its debut, the set saw complaints from some viewers for being too dark, however once the show moved to HD transmission, the benefits of the new set were seen clearly.
In 2010 the hospital set was updated once again with a new-look Reception area and Nurses Station, with a brighter colour scheme using lime green, orange and yellow as well as light wood. Extra corridors were added and floor plans of the hospital displayed on the walls to help add to the illusion of the set being part of a larger building.
Typically, the Doctors on staff wear white lab coats, however some such as Karl Kennedy, often choose not to. The uniform for Nurses has changed multiple times over the years, with a standard light blue dress being worn in the 80's and early 90's. The late 90's however saw them adopt a more comfortable white blouse with navy detailing on the collar for females or white tunic for males and black trousers. 2006 saw the white blouses make way for turquoise t-shirts with the exception of Nicola West who wore yellow.
• Real-life hospital exteriors used over the years include Dandenong Hospital, Maroondah Hospital and Austin Hospital
Key moments (with episode links where available)
Paul, Scott and Mike's Car Crash: Part 2
Kerry's Death: Part 2
The 1992 Season Premiere
Todd's Death: Part 1
The 1993 Season Premiere
The Waterhole Explosion: Part Two
Cody's Death: Part One
Cody's Death: Part Two
The 1997 Season Premiere
The 1998 Season Premiere
The 1999 Season Premiere
The 2000 Season Premiere
Libby and Steph's Bike Crash: Part Two
Ben's Birth / The 2001 Season Finale
The 2002 Season Premiere
Matt and Leo's Car Crash: Part Two
The 2004 Season Premiere
Sindi's Departure: Part One
Sindi's Departure: Part Two
Kerry’s Birth: Part One
Kerry’s Birth: Part Two
The 2007 Season Premiere
Stingray's Death: Part Two
The Bus Crash
Marco and Carmella's Wedding/Marco's Death
The 2009 Season Premiere
The Ramsays' Arrival: Part Two