Staff at the Bonavista Cottage Hospital, ca. 1947
Staff at the Bonavista Cottage Hospital, ca. 1947.

The Commission of Government opened a series of cottage hospitals in the 1930s and 1940s to service Newfoundland and Labrador’s rural areas. A typical cottage hospital employed one or two physicians, a small staff of nurses, and had a bed capacity of between 10 and 30. Beside providing affordable medical services to the pubic, hospital employees offered public health education and midwifery training.

Photographer unknown. Reproduced by the permission of the Maritime History Archive (PF-318.280), Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.
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