The medical staffing of Wellington Hospital, when the Newtown hospital first opened in 1881, was very different from that which pertains today. Not only were senior medical staff numbers very low, but resident staff were very few indeed.
Apart from ophthalmic surgery, there were no specialist services at the beginning. A short history of specialisation that subsequently developed is presented for selected services.
Appointments of senior medical staff are grouped in 20-year blocks, according to the year in which doctors were first appointed.