The first functional
hospital in Durban, "The Bayside Hospital", was situated on the Victoria
Embankment at the site now occupied by the Supreme Court.
In 1879, the new Government Hospital was built at the present site, and named after Rt. Hon.
Henry Addington who held the post of Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1801.
The name Addington originates from that of the Estate of
the late BWH Addison, the first Superintendent of the hospital in present site
in 1878. The other opinion about the origin of the name, says that a friend of
Mr Adison was instructed in 1860 to build a township in Durban to be called
Additions to the Hospital complex were ongoing, and the
hospital as it stands today was completed and officially opened on 10
As one gazes out at the sea from the high rise building, one can see
close to shore the remains of the wreck of a 4 500 ton merchant ship,
Court, that ran aground on the beach in front of the Hospital on 25
November 1940. Doctors
were sent to the beach render first-aid. The wards were cleared and many
survivors were admitted. It was unbelievable
that anyone could have been drowned so near the shore.
This was the first of many emergency situations that the Hospital has
Indeed, the hospital's priority still remains the promotion of good service,
adherence to service standards and recognition of high performing staff. “Guided
by principles of Batho Pele
, a desire to be amongst the best in the delivery of
public health service is all that drives the institution forward”, says one of the staff at Addington.
Today's Hospital Manager, Dr J. Hurst shares similar views regarding service
excellence. She has been praised in many quarters, associated with many
achievements the hospital has won, and initiated a number of projects in
the name of service excellence “We work tirelessly to fulfill our mission and
each problem is a driving force towards success”, said Dr Hurst in one her
opening speech of the projects.
Today's Addington enjoys being at the cutting edge of others with its staff
understanding the importance of collective action”, said one of the staff members.