At 3pm the final inpatient moved from the old hospital into the new Royal Children’s Hospital.
It took just under eight hours to move 143 inpatients, with hundreds of staff involved in making the move a great success.
Right on the target time of 7am, patients started their move journey via the purpose-built passageways.
The first patient was Christian, an 11-year old cancer patient, who moved into the new Kookaburra (Cancer) Ward.
The final patient to move was five-week old Connor, an intensive care patient. Staff formed a guard of honour in Main Street in the new hospital to celebrate this special milestone.
Every patient to move to the new hospital was thrilled to be greeted by a new RCH teddy bear, donated by Build-A-Bear. Last week, Build-A-Bear faciliated bear-making workshops with Victorian primary and secondary-school students to create the bears for Patient Move Day. Before placing the heart in each bear, the bear builders made a wish for hospital patients and a successful move.
All other hospital facilities, including Specialist Clinics, will gradually open from tomorrow, Thursday 1 December.