The Queensland Children’s Hospital is set to undergo a $20 million expansion.The upgrade will deliver an extra 30 beds and boost the specialist oncology service capacity by 25 per cent.
Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said the hospital 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 (in Brisbane), 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.
“This expansion will make the Queensland Children’s Hospital the largest specialist paediatric hospital in the country.”
Mr Miles said detailed design and service planning for the new ward and dedicated oncology beds was now underway with patients and their families at the centre of the planning process.
“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.
Following the detailed design and service planning process in consultation with clinicians, patients and families, a tender will be released in the second half of 2019 with construction to commence by early 2020.