• Artist‘s impression of the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

  • Centre for Children’s Health Research

  • Aerial view of Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane

  • The Secret Garden on Level 5

The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane is Australia’s largest and most advanced paediatric health facility, focused on family-centred care and providing unique services to help parents, carers, siblings and family members. It is now the public hospital for children in Brisbane and Queensland’s tertiary referral hospital for serious childhood injury and illness.

Our new hospital at a glance

  • 359 beds – 25 per cent more than the Royal Children’s Hospital and Mater Children’s Hospital combined
  • Majority of inpatient rooms will be single rooms with ensuite and provision for a parent/carer to stay at patient’s bedside
  • 48 emergency department treatment bays
  • 14 operating theatres
  • Child and youth mental health unit
  • Sleep medicine service
  • Helicopter pad for emergency retrievals
  • Overnight emergency accommodation for parents/carers
  • 11 outdoor terraces and gardens
  • Family resource centre
  • Multi-faith centre
  • Easy access to public transport facilities (bus, train, ferry) and the South Bank Parklands.

A focus on families

It is well recognised in paediatrics that children recover faster in an environment that meets not only individual needs, but also those of the family. So, the team behind the planning, design and construction of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have worked hard to ensure the new hospital will provide an environment second to none.

Some of the patient and family-centred features of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital include:

  • Views from inpatient areas to create an open, well-lit environment
  • Most inpatient beds in single rooms
  • Parent lounges with a relaxation area and beverage bay on every ward
  • Play areas and televisions in wards and waiting areas
  • Long day lounge for families who have multiple appointments and treatments
  • Outdoor pet visiting area enabling patients to see their pets
  • Dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander meeting place
  • Interactive patient entertainment system at all bedsides with TV, radio, internet access, games and movies.

A healing design

The design of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is based on the concept of a ‘living tree’ with two trunks (atria) and branches running throughout, leading to outdoor gardens, terraces and viewing platforms that connect the inside with the outside.

Natural ventilation and lighting is used where possible with some of the hospital’s sustainable inclusions comprising chilled beam air-conditioning, water harvesting for use in irrigation systems, high efficiency lighting fixtures, and a façade that optimises light and reduces heat and glare.

In recognition of the hospital’s design, its architects were awarded the Future Health Project Award in the 2013 Design and Health International Academy Awards for its contribution to health and wellbeing.

Pioneering research facility

In keeping with our new hospital’s future position as the state’s specialist paediatric hospital, the Centre for Children’s Health Research is under construction opposite the hospital, on the corner or Raymond Terrace and Graham Street.

This nine level building is the result of a partnership between Queensland Health through Children’s Health Queensland and several of the state’s leading research organisations, including the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of Queensland (UQ), Translational Research Institute (TRI) and Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute (QCMRI).

The Centre for Children’s Health Research will, for the first time, bring together dedicated child and adolescent health researchers in one location, opposite the state’s specialist paediatric teaching hospital, which is in line with international best practice.

Arts-in-Health program

Internationally, the inclusion of arts programs within healthcare is helping to change the face of healthcare. Evidence suggests that when patients and families are engaged with the arts that stress is reduced, length of hospital stay is positively affected and there is lower reliance on pain medication.

The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital arts-in-health program joins established programs at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Westmead and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. It covers specially commissioned art works, a community engagement program and planned activities such as visiting performances and workshops to help create a nurturing environment.

The most prominent art work – A Little Community by Emily Floyd – is a family of 10 Eclectus parrots perched in the main atrium of the building.