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New community hospital to be built on former nursing school site in Outram

The former School of Nursing building on the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) campus will be demolished in July to make way for a new community hospital.

More than 600 nurses and their former tutors gathered in the premises on Wednesday morning for a grand reunion to mark the closing of the premises. Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong was the guest of honour at the official closing ceremony.

An exhibition of nursing tools and uniforms used from the 1950s was also held at the same time.

The School of Nursing was established in 1956 under the purview of the Ministry of Health, and was home to thousands of student nurses, many of whom lived on-site.

The school closed its doors in 1992, when a move to formalise nursing education under the Ministry of Education saw the establishment of a new nursing diploma programme in Nanyang Polytechnic. Since then, the building has been used for mainly administrative and research purposes.

The new community hospital to be built on the site is targeted to be completed by 2020.