Beaufort & Skipton Health Service

The Beaufort & Skipton Health Service was formed on 1st October 1996 from the amalgamation of the Ripon Peace Memorial Hospital & the Skipton & District Memorial Hospital.

The original Skipton Hospital was opened in 1924 as the four-bed Skipton Soldiers Memorial Bush Nursing Hospital. Through the generosity of the community the hospital was rebuilt on the present site & became the Skipton & District Memorial Hospital. This was officially opened on 13th September 1963 as a public acute hospital of 10 beds. In 1996 a four-bed nursing home & a 10-bed hostel (called Brigadoon) were opened. In 2008 a major redevelopment was opened at Skipton with a changed bed configuration of six acute hospital beds, 11 nursing home beds and nine hostel beds.

The Beaufort Hospital originated three years later in 1927 as a nine-bed Bush Nursing Hospital on the site the hospital currently occupies. Recorded major remodelling did not occur until 1961. A role conversion in 1993 resulted in major renovations, which converted the hospital into a 15-bed nursing home, with a new 10-bed acute area built adjoining the nursing home. In 1994 our 12-bed hostel was added in Burton Street & the primary care facility was officially opened in 1997.

The registered bed configuration of the amalgamated service is as follows:

10 acute beds, 15 nursing home beds, 12 hostel beds (including 1 respite bed)

6 acute beds, 11 nursing home beds, 9 hostel beds (including 1 respite bed)

The Beaufort & Skipton Health Service Community Health Centre based at the Skipton Campus provides services to the Beaufort & Skipton region.

In addition to bed based services, the Service provides limited accident & emergency services, community health & home based services including district nursing, bed based respite, day centre, day respite programs, men’s groups, counselling, social worker, dietician, community health nurse, meals on wheels, community transport, health promotion and a fully range of allied health services.

Through arrangements with local Shires & private practitioners the following services are also provided: consultant cardiologist, diabetes educator, general practitioners, masseur, maternal & child health care, meals on wheels, optometrist, pathology collection, physiotherapy & podiatry.