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1990 - 2000

April 1990

6 weeks prior to its closure, St Helen's has had a total of 105,514 mothers give birth at the hospital.

June 1990

The Auckland Maternity Services Information System (AMSIS), a computerised patient record system is introduced. This system makes it possible to audit the clinical activities at National Women's

10-11 June 1990

St Helen's maternity and newborn services transfer to National Women's. The last birth at St Helen's is on June 10th.

12 June 1990

St Helen's Hospital is closed following a formal closing ceremony 84 years after the first Auckland St Helen's Hospital opened. Ann Nightingale is the Matron at the time.


Staff working in the National Women's Delivery Unit raise funds from garage sales and raffles to develop the memorial garden outside the unit. The garden is developed as a memorial to the closure of St Helen's and to provide a place for the summer house to be relocated from St Helen's Hospital to National Women's. The summer house had been originally built for women having babies at St Helen's and their relatives to use in 1981 as part of the St Helen's Hospital 75th birthday celebrations.

24 July 1991

The Epsom Day Unit moves to the Greenlane Hospital site. A tapu lifting ceremony was held at Warborough Avenue and a blessing of the Greenlane site. A Socks and Gloves party was held on 20th July to farewell Warborough Ave.

July 1992

The First Annual Report of the National Women's Maternity and Newborn Services is presented. This includes detailed statistics of the 1991 year. This is the first annual report since 1952 when the service was situated on the Cornwall Park site.


The National Women's switchboard is combined with the switchboard at Greenlane Hospital.

15 August 1994

The sibling playroom opens in the Newborn Service to provide free childcare when families are visiting or using a National Women,s service.


Gary Henry leaves the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia to take up the position of General Manager of National Women's.

21 April 1996

The new Women's Health Information Unit opens at National Women's. The Unit has been established following a clinical review of services provided at the hospital where the need for an information centre was identified.

March 1997

Professor Jane Harding, the Senior Medical Officer at National Women's since 1989 is awarded a Personal Chair in Neonatology at the Auckland Medical School. Jane is the only Professor of Neonatology in New Zealand and has been involved in extensive peri-natal research. The position acknowledges neonatology as a specialty and National Women's as a centre of excellence in neonatology. Neonatology is a relatively new specialty and it has taken time for a research culture to be established.

5 June 1998

National Women's is officially awarded accreditation for three years until 4 June 2001, by the New Zealand Council on Healthcare Standards following an extensive survey of every aspect of the service.

July 1998

The antenatal clinics are relocated to the lower ground floor so the gynaecology outpatient and colposcopy clinics can move back to the National Women's site (from Greenlane Hospital) on the lower lower ground level.

19 September 1998 (Suffrage Day)

National Women's Open Day.

06 July 1999

The report of the Neonatal Chest Physiotherapy Inquiry prepared by Q.C. Helen Cull is publicly released.

July 1999

The Cornwall Suite opens at National Women's Hospital.  The approach to providing an alternative postnatal service which women pay for within a public hospital, generates considerable media attention and public discussion.

06 November 1999

National Women's Open Day.

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