29 November 2019

The Queensland Children’s Hospital has today celebrated five years of caring for Queensland’s sickest and most critically injured children.

More than 251,000 children have been treated at the hospital since it opened in South Brisbane on 29 November 2014, and there have been more than 344,000 presentations to its emergency department.

The hospital’s busy specialist outpatient teams have also provided more than one million appointments.

Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Frank Tracey marked the fifth birthday milestone by thanking the 3500 staff members who work tirelessly to provide safe, high-quality and family-centred paediatric care for children, young people and their families.

“I am incredibly proud of our dedicated teams at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and Children’s Health Queensland for all they have achieved in the past five years,” said Mr Tracey.

“Families have also played a central role in our success by working in partnership with us to ensure the care we provide is always integrated, coordinated and focused on the needs of children and young people.”

In the past five years, the Queensland Children’s Hospital has:

  • admitted more than 198,000 inpatients
  • performed more than 25,700 emergency surgeries
  • performed more than 65,400 elective surgeries
  • served almost 5 million patient meals, and
  • provided more 15,000 telehealth consultations.

Mr Tracey said staff had also worked hard to establish the Queensland Children’s Hospital as the hub of a statewide network of paediatric care, to ensure every child, regardless of where they live, could access the best possible care as close to their home as possible.

“Everyone at Children’s Health Queensland has done an extraordinary job in developing a high-quality, responsive and innovative healthcare service and should be immensely proud of what they have created for Queensland children, young people and their families,” Mr Tracey said.

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