11 December 2019

The design of a new $20 million 29-bed ward at the Queensland Children’s Hospital has been unveiled, paving the way for construction to begin early next year.

Minister for Health Steven Miles joined families, staff and students from the Queensland Children’s Hospital School to experience the future neurosurgical and orthopaedic ward layout with the help of some immersive 3D virtual reality technology.

“The design of the new ward has been developed in close consultation with patients, families and staff whose input and ideas of what makes a hospital ward welcoming and function has been invaluable,” Minister Miles said.

“As a result of this collaboration, we have landed on a ward design and configuration that will provide up to 29 beds for a mix of neurosurgical and orthopaedic patients.

“The completion of the ward’s design marks a significant milestone in its delivery. From here we can go to tender with construction to begin in early 2020.”

In addition to the new ward, Queensland Children’s Hospital will gain six extra oncology beds, boosted oncology service capacity by 25 per cent.

Both the new ward and the increased oncology service capacity are expected to be available from late-2020.

Watch a fly through of the new ward here.

Read the full media release.