QCH expansion project

A project is under way to expand the Queensland Children’s Hospital, including a new ward on Level 12 and an additional six dedicated oncology beds.

The expansion will ultimately increase the hospital’s capacity by up to 30 beds. The new oncology beds will be available from late-2020, with the remaining beds to open incrementally, in line with forecast service demands.

Detailed design of new ward now complete

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

Detailed design is when the finer details of the ward’s design such as room layouts, colour schemes, floor coverings and location of clinical services are decided, marking an important milestone for the project.

The next step is to go to tender in January 2020 so that construction can begin in March 2020.

Watch the fly through below.

Our commitment to family-centred care

We value the views, experiences and contributions of our staff, patients and families in continuously improving our facilities and services.

The design of the Level 12 ward will be developed in consultation with staff representatives across all levels of the hospital, as well as members of our established consumer groups, including the Family-Centred Care Committee and Family Advisory Council. The location of the six new oncology beds will be decided in consultation with oncology patients and their families.

Working in partnership with the children, young people and families who use our services and the staff who work at the hospital is part of our commitment to continuous improvement and enhancing the overall experience for everyone at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Latest updates

Ronald McDonald House provides design inspiration

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Fiona Russo and her daughter Charlie
As part of the detailed design process, the project team, architects and CHQ consumer representative Fiona Russo and her daughter Charlie (pictured), took a tour of Ronald McDonald House South Brisbane. The aim of the visit was to learn more about the building’s family-centred spaces and how some aspects of their design could be incorporated into the family spaces in our new ward.

Project moves into detailed design phase

Friday, 24 May 2019

The concept design phase for the new ward on Level 12 of the hospital is complete and the project has moved into the detailed design phase, which will confirm the proposed ward layout and clinical case mix. Extensive consultation with clinical leaders, frontline staff and consumers will continue throughout detailed design.

Third co-design series complete

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

First co-design series complete
The third co-design series for the design phase of the new ward on Level 12 has now concluded. Activities that took place included co-design workshops with consumers, clinical leads and frontline staff which will inform the service options and potential layout for the new ward.

Second co-design series complete

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

The second co-design series for the design phase of the new ward on Level 12 is complete. During this component, the team worked with executive management and clinical leaders to analyse hospital data and identify how many beds each specialty requires in the future. These insights will inform ongoing engagement to provide a high-level recommended service profile for Level 12.

First co-design series complete

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

First co-design series complete
The first of three co-design series for the design phase of the new ward on Level 12 is now complete. During this phase, consumers, frontline staff and clinical leaders came together to agree on a set of design principles for the new space and give their feedback on the strengths and opportunities to improve the current ward design. Thank you to all participants for their time, energy and openness in sharing their experiences and insights. Children’s Health Queensland staff also received an update on the status of the project at the monthly staff forum.

Consumers add insights during design phase

Monday, 18 March 2019

QCH School level 12 consultation
Active engagement with consumers is a priority during the design phase of the new ward on Level 12 of the QCH. Members of the project team today facilitated a workshop with students from the QCH School to help guide issues, needs and priorities to help inform planning recommendations for the new ward.

Staff and consumer workshops to help inform ward design

Friday, 15 March 2019

Staff and consumer workshops
Two workshops were held this week with representatives of consumers and senior and frontline staff as part of ongoing design consultation. The feedback from these workshops will help the project team to finalise design principles to guide planning recommendations and explore the strengths and opportunities of the current ward design.

Consumer representatives appointed to co-design workshop groups

Monday, 11 March 2019

The Family Advisory Council were briefed on the aims of the first co-design workshops, which will begin this week. The goals of these workshops are to refine the design principles that will guide planning for the new ward, as well as explore the strengths and opportunities of the current ward design at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Staff engagement under way

Monday, 4 March 2019

QCH clinical leaders were briefed on the consultation approach which will involve gathering input from representatives across all levels of clinical and non-clinical streams, from senior clinicians to frontline staff. The project team provided an update to the Children’s Health Queensland all-staff forum.

Design phase consultation approach receives tick of approval from family-centred care representatives

Monday, 4 March 2019

The design phase of the hospital expansion project kicked off today with a briefing of the Family-Centred Care Committee, which provided useful feedback on the proposed consultation approach. Engagement will involve a series of workshops with senior clinical leaders, frontline staff and consumer representatives. The Committee and the Family Advisory Council will also provide input and guidance throughout the design phase of the project.