Our history


Set in attractive grounds and close to local amenities, Royston Hospital in Hastings has had a history of providing healthcare to the residents of Hawke’s Bay since 1921.

In 1931, a strong earthquake shook Hawke's Bay to its foundations. In the aftermath, unable to work from a damaged building, the matron transferred her staff and equipment to the kiosk at the Hastings racecourse and set up an emergency surgery unit. Soon afterwards, they relocated to the former Harris family home just across the road. This same home forms the base of Royston Hospital today.

originalhomesteadeditedAfter the quake, the house was bought by a group of doctors. Twenty years later, they donated their investment to a charitable trust which continued to run Royston until 1993. That year the trust joined with a group of medical specialists to form a joint venture company to begin the process of rebuilding the Royston facilities.

In January 2006, Royston Hospital merged with Wakefield Health Limited and it is now a member of the Acurity Health Group of hospitals (including Wakefield and Bowen Hospitals in Wellington).

Royston continues to advance and serve the people of Hawke's Bay with specialist services, state-of-the-art facilities and with staff who are always striving to achieve the highest possible level of patient care.

Parent company Wakefield Health Limited changed its name to Acurity Health Group Limited in August 2012 to better reflect its own unique identity as owner of three private surgical hospitals and its investment in other health related organisations across the country.

In December 2015, Evolution Healthcare (a privately owned Australian and New Zealand private hospital operator) acquired 100% of Acurity Health Group Ltd (NZ). Evolution Healthcare will continue to focus on supporting staff, VMO engagement and developing the staged expansion plan for Wakefield Hospital.  

"The History of Royston Hospital" written by Hawke's Bay journalist, author and photographer Eva Bradley, was published in October 2007. Copies can be purchased from the hospital reception for $35.00 (including GST).