26 September, 2023

New expansion for The Prince Charles Hospital Emergency Department

THE Short Stay Unit within the Emergency Department at The Prince Charles Hospital has expanded its capacity, opening six additional beds last Monday September 18.

New expansion for The Prince Charles Hospital Emergency Department - feature photo

The $1 million expansion was funded through the Department of Health’s Patient Flow Intensive Program Initiative (PFLIP) to support the growing community.

Presentations at Emergency Departments across the State continue to increase, as do admissions into short stay areas.

This expansion will increase capacity and decrease delays in admission to ensure patients are seen in a timely and effective manner.

This project will boost the capacity of the unit by an additional six treatment spaces bringing the total to 16.

Minister for Health, Mental Health, and Ambulance Services, Shannon Fentiman, said we know that The Prince Charles Hospital is one of the busiest public hospitals in Queensland and these additional beds will support our health care works to continue delivering world-class healthcare.

“These works compliment the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to investing in health services and the infrastructure needed to support them.

“The $360 million expansion project at TPCH includes further expansions to the emergency department, a new acute services building, and the delivery of 94 new beds as part of our $9.78 billion statewide hospital capacity expansion program.

“This expansion will help us to further support this rapidly growing community, and our health care workers, ensuring appropriate care in a timely manner.”

The Prince Charles Hospital Executive Director, Tami Photinos, said The Prince Charles Hospital is home to one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the State.

“We have already seen close to 85 thousand presentations this year, with 21 percent of those admitted to the Short Stay Unit.”

“This expansion will support our management of the increasing demand of emergency service now, and into the future.”

Member for Aspley, Bart Mellish, said this expansion is much needed, and I want to thank everyone involved for the work they’ve done to make this happen.

“The additional beds mean more beds and less delays for patients waiting to be admitted into hospital.”

Member for Stafford, Jimmy Sullivan, said this region is growing, and many people are re-locating across Australia to live in our great state.

“This expansion will go a long way in helping us meet the current and future demand, alongside the $360 million TPCH expansion already underway.”

Fast facts:

  • The Prince Charles Hospital Short Stay Unit has expanded by six beds.

  • The expansion is now operational and accepting patients.

  • The additional beds bring the total number of treatment spaces in the Unit up to 16, increasing the capacity.


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