View Road and its Forgotten Former Hospital

Geographically, it is located at a relatively quiet and forgotten spot within the vicinity of Woodlands and Marsiling. In paranormal aspect, it was once rumoured to be one of Singapore’s most haunted places, although it was less well-known than the Old Changi Hospital. Meet the View Road Hospital, a former mental institution operated between 1975 and 2001.

Lying off Admiralty Road West, View Road is a small lane that leads to a small hilltop covered with greenery. Its name was derived from the excellent views one could enjoy at the summit, overlooking the nearby dockyard and Johor Straits. An interesting trivia of View Road is that its Chinese name was translated as 美景路 (literally means “beautiful scenery road“), according to the Singapore Street Directory of 1998. However, this coincides with the Chinese translation of Mei Chin Road in Queenstown. It could well be a case of human error that two different roads existed with the same name.

map of view road hospital 1988

In the seventies and eighties, View Road was accompanied by other minor roads in the vicinity such as Hawkins Road, Rimau Road and Ratus Road, all of which had vanished today. Hawkins Road was then known for the refugee camp, set up in 1978 to house the Vietnamese boat people who had escaped from their country in turmoils. The camp was closed in mid-1996 after the last batch of boat people was repatriated to Vietnam, and the road itself became defunct after that.

Rimau Road, in which rimau refers to tiger in Malay, was probably named after Batu Rimau Gurkha, a barrack that sat on the hilltop in the sixties and seventies and served as the housing quarters for the naval base’s Gurkha police contingent.

view road

In the late sixties, the Ministry of Health was seeking an alternate location to build a secondary mental institution due to the overcrowding issue at Woodbridge Hospital. The 2,029-capacity main hospital had exceeded its average daily occupancy, hitting a peak of 2,654 in 1969. During this period, the British Bases Conversion Unit handed the three-storey Batu Rimau Gurkha Barrack to the Ministry of Health, and the premises, with its lush surroundings, was deemed ideal for the rehabilitation of the less severely ill psychiatric patients.

In 1973, the project of converting the former barrack into a hospital was drawn. A $530,000 budget was approved for the new 250-capacity hospital with a targetted 48 employees. Tenders were soon carried out by the Public Works Department to install laundry equipment, boiling points and pipelines.

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View Road Hospital was officially opened in August 1975, and became one of the 13 government hospitals in Singapore in the seventies and eighties (The others were Alexandra Hospital, Changi Hospital, Kandang Kerbau Hospital, Middleton Hospital, Middle Road Hospital, Sembawang Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, St. Andrew’s Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Toa Payoh Hospital, Trafalgar Hospital and Woodbridge Hospital).

With the admission of the first batch of psychiatric patients after its official opening, an intensive rehabilitation program was introduced. The program, consisted of learning of new trades such as laundry, toy-making, farming, woodwork and tailoring, aimed to help the patients in seeking employment after their discharge.

view road hospital

In 1984, another rehabilitation program called the Day Release Scheme was launched to help the patients adapt to the outside life. By the nineties, almost a third of the 250 patients at View Road Hospital was placed under the scheme, which allowed them to leave the hospital during daytime and work in factories, nurseries and gardens. They would then return to the hospital in the evenings.

The all-male hospital received its first batch of female patients in 1990. The premises was given a thorough upgrading in the following year, and its bed capacity was increased to 290 by 1994.

view road hospital3

While View Road Hospital stayed relatively undisturbed, its nearby surroundings had changed significantly in the late nineties. With Woodlands Avenue 4 extended to link directly to Admiralty Road West, the vicinity was segregated into different industrial zones. By the 2000s, the area was filled with industrial buildings, driving centre, bus depot and workers’ dormitories. A Park Connector Network (PCN) was also developed by the National Parks Board.

view road hospital2

View Road Hospital was eventually shut down in 2001, and was left abandoned for many years until its conversion into a foreign workers’ dormitory named View Road Lodge in 2008. Its bluish outlook was replaced by a new orange appearance. The occupants, however, would last only four years before the premises became emptied once again. It is now under the charge of the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).

Since its first closure in 2001, the View Road Hospital was plagued by many haunted stories and rumours. Years of abandonment and neglect had, time after time, attracted groups of youths in their spook hunting and thrill seeking activities. The former hospital, however, was gradually forgotten over time.

Below are some of the photos taken by other urban explorers in 2006 and 2007.

view road hospital 2006

view road hospital2 2006

view road hospital3 2006

view road hospital 2007

view road hospital2 2007

Published: 05 November 2013

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20 Responses to View Road and its Forgotten Former Hospital

  1. rickyliew says:

    Thank you…..Enjoy reading the post.

  2. Alodys says:

    Wow! I stayed in Marsiling when i was young and moved to Woodlands during primary school until now.. i’ve never known that there was such hospital in woodlands! Too cool!

  3. ohhhoney says:

    Cool! didn’t know we had a abandoned hospital hidden there 😀 thank you for sharing!

  4. Andy says:

    it’ll be interesting to have a list of abandoned structures in Singapore. i think increasingly there are people who seek out these things…

  5. Dominic Reyes says:

    Really enjoyed reading this post. As I am in the courier business in medical devices, I make daily trips to all the hospitals in Singapore but I never knew of the View road hospital. Thanks so much for the post. Was wondering if anyone has details of the Sembawang Hospital and the Trafalgar that were mentioned. Is the Trafalgar hospital near Ponggol as I used to live in Lorong Buangkok, off Ponggol Road and the name Trafalgar does ring a bell.

  6. Yong Lin says:

    Hi.. i am part of the admin for http://toqsekrit.livejournal.com/. Cool to see that our defunct blog is still receiving traffic from those who are interested in places like this. Thanks for the feature. Really informative article and keep up the good work. 🙂 Do feel free to contact me at my email if you guys are looking for more images of abandoned places in sg.

  7. Pei Yuan says:

    So is the place still abandoned now and accessible for exploration?

  8. danesh morgan says:

    I still wonder why are these abandoned buildings fence up and having cctvs sap well as Aetos security patrolling it. ?

    there is more than meets the eye here, maybe buried treasure underneath these buildings. . . I could offer my assistance to debunk any ghost sightings
    am willing to participate in any encounters. . . .any takers

    there are no ghosts in Singapore

  9. KW says:

    It is shown in Secret Singapore on channel 5 today! An eye opener!

  10. naim says:

    View road hospital is set shooting drama mata mata a new era as Police station around 2014.

  11. Siti Nur Ashimah says:

    Hai everyone . May i know how to get there because me and my friend wanted to explore there 🙂

    • Audrey says:

      You can take bus 856 from Yishun/Sembawang (Woodlands/Marsiling from the opp direction) and alight at the bus stop after View Road… I haven’t been there to explore yet,but hopefully soon =)

    • Kiran says:

      It is a Foreign workers dormitory again.

    • Muhammad Taufiq says:

      It’s near Republic Poly, i wanted to go there too but it’s all fenced up, plus all of my friends changed their minds not to go there. I don’t wanna go alone lol.

  12. Din says:

    I used to live there 1963-1970 during my school years in pri 2 to sec 3 before the place was handed over to the Singapore government when the British Forces withdrew.  My late father was a policeman in the Naval Police Force and during the time the building functioned as police barracks although the lower 2 floors of the lower arm of the E-shape of the building were out-of-bounds.  Situated in the neighbourhood commonly known as Rimau, the barracks had its address as View Road Police Quarters, Naval Base, Singapore 27 and housed around 25 policemen and their families.

  13. Justin says:

    Can I still enter this place?

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