The Hillcrest Hospital was the new name given to the Northfield Mental Hospital in 1964. Run by the government it provided mental health services for inpatients, outpatients and day patients including children, some of whom were State children. In 1979-82 patients from Enfield Hospital were transferred to Hillcrest. The Hillcrest Hospital closed in 1994.
The Hillcrest Hospital was the new name given to the Northfield Mental Hospital in 1964. It provided mental health services for inpatients, outpatients and day patients, as well as community services for the acute and chronically mentally ill, elderly patients suffering from dementia and related illnesses and people with alcohol dependence problems. Children, including some State children, continued to be sent to Hillcrest Hospital.
On 1st July, 1979, Enfield Hospital was incorporated with Hillcrest Hospital. Both Hospitals came under the control of a single board of management. By 1982 all Enfield Hospital patients had been transferred to Hillcrest.
In 1991 the Hospital was operating 370 beds and was also responsible for the administration of the Northfield Security Hospital and a rehabilitation hostel at College Park.
Hillcrest Hospital closed in 1994.
1929 - 1964 Northfield Mental Hospital
1964 - 1994 Hillcrest Hospital
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Agency Details: GA1270 Northfield Mental Hospital, later Hillcrest Hospital 1929 - 1994', in State Records of South Australia, ArchivesSearch, http://archives.sa.gov.au; Mullighan, the Hon E.P., Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry: Allegations of sexual abuse and death from criminal conduct, presented to the South Australian Parliament by the Hon. E.P. Mullighan QC, Commisioner, Children in State Care Commission of Enquiry, Adelaide, South Australia, 2008, 564 pp, https://www.childprotection.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/107201/children-in-state-care-commission-of-inquiry-introducation.pdf.
Prepared by: Gary George
Created: 15 April 2014, Last modified: 6 November 2018