A Home Away From Home

Residents' rooms

The well appointed rooms of Marne Street Hospital, which are all single, have electric beds and some have an adjoining bathroom. We encourage residents to bring with them photos, television sets, stereos, plants and other meaningful memorabilia with which to personalise their room. Large windows look out onto either the streetscape, park or gardens.

They have their own reclining chair, on wheels, enabling the less mobile access to all areas of the hospital.

Residents' lounges

Marne Street Hospital has generous sized lounges at either end of the complex. One looks out over the park and nearby inlet, while the second allows residents to see what’s happening on the streets outside.

A third, smaller lounge with views of the park, has a kitchenette and is used by palliative care family members who want to be near their loved one. This lounge is also used for family dinners and birthday parties.

For entertainment, there are large television screens in each of the lounges and a well-used piano.


On any given day, Marne Street Hospital is humming with activity. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays the hairdresser is in residence, and the hair salon is buzzing. Volunteers bring in dogs to visit residents, and the diversional therapist organises a never-ending range of activities programmes. Scheduled activities include newspaper reading, Housie, quizzes, crafts (including a knitting group), walks in the park, regular church services, Happy Hour, movies and hand pampering sessions. A variety of entertainers visit frequently and events are organised to celebrate special occasions and significant holidays such as Easter and Christmas.

A local taxi service provides transportation to various destinations and appointments. And from the surrounding streets buses leave regularly for those able to independently venture a little further.


The care of our residents is our primary concern so it is important that they are in constant contact with our staff. All carers and nurses carry phones on which the residents can contact staff using the bell attached to the phone in their room.