The Queensland Children’s Hospital is set for a massive expansion, thanks to a $20 million investment from the State Government.
Extra beds will be added to the hospital, which is expected to boost the specialist oncology service capacity by 25 percent.
It’s believed the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) will receive 30 much-needed beds in the expansion.
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Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the QCH had been so successful in speciality paediatric care and services that it needed to be expanded.
“I have spent a lot of time at the QCH, have spoken to many patients and families and I have seen the above-average occupancy rates – I want to deliver a new inpatient ward in 2020,” he said.
“This expansion will make the Queensland Children’s Hospital the largest specialist paediatric hospital in the country.
“It will make QCH even more appealing for specialist medical staff from around the world to come here and work in Brisbane,” Mr Miles said.
A detailed design and service planning for the new ward and dedicated oncology beds is now underway, and patients and their families will be at the centre of the planning process.
A tender will then be released later this year, with construction to commence by early 2020.
“As well as delivering the six new oncology beds in 2020, on its completion the expansion will have an immediate and positive impact for broader paediatric specialty services such as medical and surgical patients.
“It will initially provide greater flexibility around how beds are used – especially during busy periods such as Winter – to reduce the impacts currently being experienced when service demand is high,” Mr Miles said.
Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said one of the reason’s the Queensland Children’s Hospital oncology service was so well regarded was the excellent staff.
“This expansion is for the children of Queensland but I also want to acknowledge that we have some of the best staff in the country and we are committed to making sure they have the very best facilities to continue their great work.
“Everyday doctors and nurses at the QCH deliver world-class, life-saving care to children and young people in need of specialist care,” Ms Trad said.