Princess Alexandra Hospital expansion takes shape

Published Wednesday, 21 February, 2024 at 11:17 AM

Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

  • The Miles Government is investing $350 million to expand and refurbish the Princess Alexandra (PA) Hospital.
  • Artist impression released today reveals how the new-look PA Hospital will appear.
  • The investment will deliver 219 new acute inpatient and 30 new ICU beds, 13 new cancer treatment bays and reconfigured specialist treatment spaces.
  • Construction begins in the second half 2024 to be completed in second half of 2026.

The Miles Government’s historic $350 million investment towards the significant expansion of one of Queensland’s busies hospitals, the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s is starting to take shape.

Artist impressions of the multi-million dollar project released today show the plans for the development which includes 219 new acute inpatient and 30 new ICU beds, 13 new cancer treatment bays and reconfigured specialist treatment spaces.

Five new floors – made up of four clinical spaces and a plant and machinery floor – will be stacked on top of the emergency department to accommodate the changes.

The works will deliver the equivalent of adding almost three full rugby league fields to the PA.

Once the project opens in the second half of 2026, it will improve patient flow and provide them with greater access to acute care, intensive care and emergency services in Brisbane’s south.

The artist’s impression details how the new-look section of the PA will integrate into the existing building and house the additional beds and treating equipment.

The project is a key part of the Queensland Government’s almost $10 billion Capital Expansion Program to deliver new and upgraded health and hospital infrastructure across the state. This is the nation’s largest health capital program.

The works are in addition to the $5.8 million refurbishment and expansion of the renal high dependency unit is well underway, which is delivering an additional three treatment spaces.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Shannon Fentiman:

“The Princess Alexander Hospital is one of our busiest hospitals and we want to make sure our hospitals can continue to provide quality healthcare for our growing community now and into the future.

“I’m so proud of our landmark investment in the PA - this is the greatest investment in the PA in more than 20 years.

“The Princess Alexandra Hospital already provides an exceptional level of healthcare, but it is critical we take action now to ensure it can continue to do so.

“The Miles Government’s $350 million PA rooftop expansion will deliver up to a 26 per cent increase on the existing inpatient bed capacity.

“It means more beds, more treatment spaces, better patient care, and more than 1,150 jobs during the life of construction."

Quotes attributable to Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly:

“The expansion of one of the state’s largest hospitals is very exciting for my local community who have had the benefit of the high-quality specialist healthcare at the PA Hospital. 

“Hospitals are at the heart of the community they serve, not only providing care to locals but to people visiting, including tourists and workers.

“The Miles Government is giving our health workers the new and expanded infrastructure they need to put patients first.

“We are working together across Queensland Health to co-design new health infrastructure that allows new models of care and services that improve the patient experience and outcomes and supports sustainable health service delivery.”

Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Metro South Health Noelle Cridland:

“The capacity expansion project at Princess Alexandra Hospital is essential given the vital role PA plays in delivering specialist services to the state. 

“As a provider of tertiary level surgical and transplant services, cancer care, trauma and rehabilitation, PA needs the additional capacity to continue to deliver more of these services for the growing community.  

“Our expansion project team and clinicians across our specialist areas are working together with Queensland Health to co-design new health infrastructure that will deliver modern models of care and services that improve the patient experience and outcomes.

“As always with projects of this size, significant contingency plans are in place to ensure patients and hospital services experience minimal disruptions.”