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Seventeen acres purchased at One Tree Hill for the erection of a Home for the Aged Poor - this to be funded by the Costley Bequest.
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Plans for the Home were approved, and on 25th April the Foundation Stone was laid by the Governor, the Earl of Onslow.
bullet point1890 On 24th April, the Costley Home for the Aged Poor was opened by the Governor, the Earl of Onslow. There were six wards with accommodation for 178 males and 58 females. The 148 people were admitted when the Home was opened 
bullet point1904  The Chapel had to be used as a ward because of gross congestion. The Kitchen, laundary and boiler-house were built. 
bullet point1906  A Male Infirmary was built - 33 beds for chronically ill patients.
bullet point1910 Complaints re management, led to Dr McKelvey being appointed to complete control of the institution. He was Medical Superintendent until his death in 1931. The hospital now held 220 patients. TB patients were admitted and consumptive shelters built for them. 
bullet point1912 The original nurses' home was erected. This later became the administration building and was finally demolished in 1964.
bullet point1915 A second storey was added to the Male Infirmary. 
bullet point1918 There were 248 patients and the staff comprised of one resident medical officer, one registered nurse, 8 nurse-attendants, 3 cooks, one housemaid, 6 laundresses, 13 porters, 3 gardners and 3 engineers. 
bullet point1919 There were now 12 TB annexes with two dining rooms. 
bullet point1923 The Women’s Infirmary was built. The wards were named "Rowe" after Mr John Rowe, Chairman of the Costley Home Committee and "McKelvey" after the Medical Superintendent. 
bullet point1924 The name was changed to the Auckland Infirmary.
bullet point1925 The first wing of the existing brick nurses home was built. 
bullet point1926 The staff now consisted of 9 sisters, 44 nurses, 20 orderlies, the Medical Superintendent Dr McKelvey and a resident medical officer Dr C.McDowell.
bullet point1929 The laundry buildings were renovated. There were now 420 patients.
bullet point1942 The Auckland Infirmary became a general hospital and was named Green Lane Hospital. 
bullet point1943 The six-storey main block was opened. Ward 1 on the ground floor accommodated children, ward 2 was for thoracic surgery, ward 3 medicine (including cardiology), wards 4 and 5 were general surgery and the top floor was the resident medical officers’ quarters. Operating theatres were improvised on the ground floor of the Costley Block. 
bullet point1944 The Casualty Department was opened in the ground floor of the Costley Block. The first hear operation was performed. 
bullet point1946 The brick nurses’ home was enlarged to about six times its original size.
bullet point1950 The operating theatres moved to the ground floor of the main block, displacing the children’s ward.
bullet point1953  A number of the better TB shelters were amalgamated to form the Chest Annex. 
bullet point1958 First trainees entered the Green Lane School of Nursing. First heart bypass operation.
bullet point1959 A new large boiler house was built on the site of the old laundry to supply not only Green Lane but the soon to be built National Women’s Hospital. 
bullet point1960 Cardiology patients shifted from Ward 3 to the chest annex. The hospital now had 451 beds.
bullet point1962 The only part of the hospital now catering for geriatrics was the upper floor of the Costley Building. (Many elderly patients had been transferred to Cornwall Park Hospital in the years following World War II). The chest clinic, medical records and autoclave room, as well as the casualty department, were on the ground floor. The remainder of the original home was occupied by the x-ray department. 
bullet point1965 National Women’s Hospital opened on the Green Lane site, where the upper part of the vegetable gardens had been. It was complemented by a large, new nurses’ home.
The Green Lane Administration Block opened. the Accident & Emergency Department and clinics were accommodated on the ground floor.
In the sixties, the swimming pool and hospital hall were also opened. 
bullet point1970 Stage 2 building opened.  The old brick dormitories behind the Costley Block were removed to make room for the Stage 3 building. 
bullet point1975 New hospital chapel opened in Stage 2 building, 7th floor. 
bullet point1976 Stage 3 building deferred.
bullet point1983 The hospital had 574 beds. 
bullet point1984 North Shore Hospital opened with a major transfer of Green Lane general surgery and medicine to this new institution. 
bullet point1987 December – first heart transplant.
bullet point1989 Shift of remaining general medicine and most of general surgery from Green Lane. All geriatrics and gastroenterology removed. Emergency Department closed.
Shift of Auckland Hospital’s ENT department to Green Lane. 
 
bullet point1990 Shift of gynaecology from National Women’s to Green Lane.
Hole excavated for Stage 3 eventually put to use – as a carpark.
bullet point2003  Major Greenlane Hospital services transfered to the new Auckland City Hosptial

***The History of Green Lane from 'Green Lane Hospital, The First Hundred Years', edited by B.R. Hutchinson, Published by the Green Lane Hospital Centennial Committee 1990 and Printed by Albion Press Ltd, New Lynn, Auckland.

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