12 February 2019

The Queensland Children’s Hospital will gain an extra 30 beds, including six new oncology beds, under a $20 million expansion plan unveiled by the Queensland Government today.

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.

The new oncology beds will boost the hospital’s paediatric oncology service capacity by 25%.

Mr Miles said a detailed design and service planning process for the new ward and dedicated oncology beds was now under way.

“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,” Mr Miles said.

“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.

“The remaining new beds will come online incrementally,” he said.

The QCH building design was future-proofed to allow for expansion to meet population growth and increasing demand for paediatric services. The hospital opened in November 2014 with half a shell floor on Level 12, ready to fit out as a clinical space.

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