CONFIRMED: Lady Cilento Hospital to become ‘Queensland Children’s Hospital’

UPDATE @ 1.30 PM | It’s official. Queensland’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital will change its name to Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Steven Miles made the announcement on Friday morning.

He said the government made the decision after more than 900 hospital staff signed a petition requesting the State Government change the name in a bid to clear up confusion about whether or not the hospital is private or public.


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“A public survey of more than 38,000 people showed 62% in favour of changing the name,” Minister Miles said.

Chair of the Medical Staff Association Dr Ben Whitehead said the decision would also mean better care for sick Queensland kids.

“Researchers believe the current hospital name causes confusion overseas and jeopardises their chances of partaking in international trials,’ Dr Whitehead said.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington was not of the same opinion however, labeling the name change as “wrong”.

“Instead of trying to improve health services for our sickest kids, @AnnastaciaMP is more fixated with trying to airbrush a pioneering female doctor from our history,” Ms Frecklington tweeted on Friday.

The South Brisbane hospital was initially named after medical pioneer Phyllis Cilento in 2014.

Minister Miles claims works to change the name of the hospital to Queensland Children’s Hospital would not cost the health department a cent, and says that changes to stationary and uniforms would “happen over time as needed.”

EARLIER @ 8.30 AM | The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is set to be renamed in a bid to clear up confusion about whether or not it’s a private or public facility.

The South Brisbane hospital, which was initially named after medical pioneer Phyllis Cilento in 2014, will soon be called the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

It’s understood the name change will be formally announced by Health Minister Steven Miles this morning.

It comes after staff at the hospital claimed there was confusion among the community about whether the facility was public or private.

“I’ve had doctors tell me parents are worried they can’t afford treatment at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital because they think it’s a private hospital,” Mr Miles said earlier this year.

“I don’t want even the slightest risk that parents think they can’t or shouldn’t have their child treated at this hospital if they need it.”

Reports suggest the cost of changing the signs at the hospital could be up to $500,000.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has slammed the name change, labeling it as “wrong”.

“Instead of trying to improve health services for our sickest kids, @AnnastaciaMP is more fixated with trying to airbrush a pioneering female doctor from our history,” Ms Frecklington tweeted.

More to come.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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