Public or Private? Brisbane hospital to change name to avoid confusion

The State Government is planning to change the name of the Lady Cilento Hospital to clear up confusion about who can attend the facility.

Health Minister Steve Miles was prompted to suggest the change of name after a study proved only half of the parents at the hospital said it was public.

Almost a quarter of those surveyed thought it was 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,” he said.

“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,” Mr Miles said.

The hospital was opened four years ago and was named after prominent Queensland medical figure Phyllis Cilento.

Former Queensland Premier Campbell Newman was instrumental in the naming of the hospital and tweeted his frustration at the proposed name change.