Hundreds join hands to mark first birthday of Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

3 December 2015

Patients, families and staff of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital came together today to celebrate the hospital’s first birthday.

In a sign of unity and support, hundreds of people from the hospital community gathered to link hands around the perimeter of the building in South Brisbane.

Sunday, 29 November 2015 marked exactly 12 months since the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital welcomed its first patients and families. On that day, 98 patients were safely transferred from the Royal and Mater Children’s hospitals in just over seven hours.

Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Fionnagh Dougan thanked everyone involved in opening and establishing the hospital for their dedication and hard work.

“In our first year of operation, we have cared for 37,741 children and young people as inpatients, and provided almost 189,000 outpatient appointments,” she said.

“We have also completed 14,113 surgeries, of which 4,411 were emergency surgeries and 9,702 were planned elective surgeries.

“Our busy emergency department has seen more than 63,600 cases come through its doors – ¬that’s an average of 175 children a day.”

Ms Dougan said merging staff and services from the Royal and Mater Children’s hospitals to create the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital had not been without its challenges, and these had been acknowledged, but there had also been many achievements.

“We recently received six commendations for exceeding standards on safety and quality systems in our latest accreditation report by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.

“Over the past year we have also established a new paediatric persistent pain service, as well as interventional radiology and nuclear medicine services, for Queensland families.

“We have also established CATCH – Children’s Advice and Transport Coordination Hub – to ensure clinicians in regional and rural areas can access the information they need to make informed decisions about treatment and transfer options.

“We continue to be focused on making our services even better for our families.”

Ms Dougan said in the area of mental health, Children’s Health Queensland has, through its Child and Youth Mental Health Service, delivered new and improved inpatient services for children and adolescents.

She said the Child and Youth Community Health Service had also played a vital role in the development of children’s services across Queensland.

“It has been a busy, challenging but rewarding year and on behalf of our Board, I thank every staff member, as well as our Children’s Hospital Foundation volunteers, for their tireless commitment to providing the best possible care for patients and families.”

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