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    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick
    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Premier officially opens Townsville Hospital children’s ward

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Premier officially opens Townsville Hospital children’s ward

    Improved care for Townsville’s young people is a reality after Premier Annastacia Palaszscuk today opened Townsville Hospital’s new $8 million children’s ward.

    The ward has been expanded and refurbished with more beds and more areas focused on making hospital stays more comfortable for families.

    The Palaszczuk Government provided $6.6 million in funding to increase the number of beds from 23 to 30, almost double the floor space of the ward to allow for more single and dual rooms as well as refurbish the old ward.

    The Premier said it was the first time in almost 20 years the children’s ward at Townsville Hospital had been expanded.

    “Today we unveil a modern, vibrant and family friendly children’s ward here at The Townsville Hospital,” she said.

    “As North Queensland’s major pediatric hospital, it is vital that The Townsville Hospital has the facilities it needs to care for the region’s most unwell children.

    “I’m proud that we’ve delivered this state-of-the-art children’s ward.”

    The Townsville community, through the Townsville Hospital Foundation, raised $1.2 million which will be used to etch artwork of North Queensland landscapes into the walls and improve playground and other equipment.

    The Commonwealth Government provided $250,000 for the establishment of the Ronald McDonald Family Room.

    Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Cameron Dick welcomed the completion of the project.

    “No matter where they live, all Queenslanders deserve quality social infrastructure like this ward,” he said.

    “That’s why this important project was funded through the Palaszczuk government's $180 million Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program.

    “With $45 billion in infrastructure spending planned for the next four years, we will be making more improvements to hospitals and other social infrastructure.”

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Steven Miles said when the children’s ward opened in 2001 at The Townsville Hospital, about 2,000 children were admitted spending at least one night in the ward.

    “This year we are on track for more than 3,000 unwell North Queensland children to be admitted to the children’s ward,” he said.

    “This increase in demand is significant and not likely to change which is why providing appropriate and modern health infrastructure like the new children’s ward is so important.

    “Townsville is the hub for pediatric services across all of North Queensland and this brilliant new facility will ensure that our doctors and nurses here can continue to provide the very best care for unwell children.”

    Townsville Hospital and Health Service Board Chair Tony Mooney said the children’s ward was an essential cog in the continued delivery of timely, compassionate and world class care for children in North Queensland.

    “I’d like to acknowledge the contribution of the State Government, the Townsville community with its contributions to the Townsville Hospital Foundation and the Commonwealth Government for making this new children’s ward a reality,” he said.

    “It is fantastic to have the Premier of Queensland, the State Development and Infrastructure Minister and the Health Minister come to our hospital to join in this significant day.”

    Former patients took centre stage at the opening with nine-year-old Charters Towers patient Preston Santo and 18-year-old Abagail Chase helping to unveil the plaque and cut the celebratory cake.

    “Amid the formalities our focus, as always, is on the children we treat and the families who rely on our care,” he said.

    Media contact: Susan McGrady 0488 996 667