Nanango director of nursing Karen Cooke and clinical nurse Susan Cox cut the 120th cake on July 2, 2018.
Nanango director of nursing Karen Cooke and clinical nurse Susan Cox cut the 120th cake on July 2, 2018. Sally Gillies

Historic hospital celebrates anniversary of first doctor.

NANANGO hospital welcomed its first doctor 120 years ago on Monday July 2.

Nanango Hospital fete organiser Sally Gillies said Doctor Morris was accepted by the committee on July 2, a couple of months after the hospital was built in 1898.

The Nanango hospital staff gathered together for a cake cutting ceremony celebrating the occasion on the weekend.

Nanango director of nursing Karen Cooke and clinical nurse Susan Cox were honoured to cut the commemorative cake.

Mrs Gillies is working with the hospital staff to throw a fete to celebrate the 120 years of Nanango hospital's service on Saturday, September 15.

Nanango hospital is the longest operating hospital in Queensland in the fourth oldest town in the state, she said. The hospital staff are all excited to be planning for the fete, and have tracked down the hospital's history, finding eight buildings in town the hospital used.

"It was really exciting, tracking all of these old buildings in town which were used before the main part of the hospital was built,” Mrs Gillies said.

The fete will be held at Ringsfield House, which was used as the hospital's maternity ward for 20 years.

"We're going to be setting up a walk down memory lane in the Ringsfield chapel, so people who were actually born in these places can see what it was like,” she said.

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