KK Hospital, also known as Kandang Kerbau Hospital, has a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1860. Initially, it was segregated into two sections, serving both Europeans and locals, with the local women’s ward known as the Lock Hospital.
During World War II, it transformed into an emergency general hospital under Japanese occupation, and after the war, it resumed its role as a maternity hospital. In 1953, the hospital expanded to accommodate the increasing demand for maternity services, and the construction was carried out by the Samsui women.
In 1966, KK Hospital achieved a remarkable milestone by delivering a record number of 39,835 babies in a single year, which equates to more than 109 babies per day. This extraordinary feat earned the hospital a place in the 1968 Guinness Book of Records for delivering the world’s largest number of babies in a single maternity facility within a year. Today, KK Hospital remains Singapore’s largest maternity facility and continues to play a crucial role in delivering approximately one-third of all babies born in the country.
Although KK Hospital has relocated, some of its original buildings remain and have been repurposed into offices used by the Land Transport Authority (LTA). Participants will have the opportunity to listen to the captivating story of KK Hospital’s evolution over the years, offering insights into the history of medical progress in Singapore.