My Turf

Remembering Alexandra Hospital's rich heritage

The National University Health System is seeking a better understanding of the history of the Alexandra Hospital site amid a master-plan study to examine the longer-term use of the compound.
The National University Health System is seeking a better understanding of the history of the Alexandra Hospital site amid a master-plan study to examine the longer-term use of the compound.ST PHOTO: JEREMY KWAN

My Turf is a fortnightly series that aims to share untold stories of our neighbourhoods. In this instalment, we take a look at Alexandra Hospital's heritage push in the lead-up to redevelopment of its compound.

In 1971, nurse Tan Soh Hiang stepped into the British-built Alexandra Hospital and was greeted by an expansive building, but one caked with dust.

She changed out of her uniform into civilian clothes and, with an initial batch of 19 nurses and administrators, started scrubbing and cleaning the vacant building.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2018, with the headline 'Remembering Alexandra Hospital's rich heritage'. Print Edition | Subscribe