Townsville Hospital

Townsville Hospital

Townsville Hospital

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The Townsville Hospital is a public tertiary care hospital in the city of Townsville and serves patients from the entire North Queensland region, with patients from as far as Mount Isa and Cape York being airlifted or transported to the Hospital on a daily basis. The hospital is relatively new (completed 2001) and located in the suburb of Douglas. The next main referral hospital is the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, in Herston, Brisbane some 1375 kilometers distant.

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The Townsville Hospital currently has over 580 beds. During the year 2010, the hospital admitted 54,941 patients, and had 60,676 presentations to the emergency department. The hospital is also the major tertiary maternity centre, with 2,308 babies delivered in 2010. The Townsville Hospital is the major teaching hospital of the James Cook University School of Medicine. The current acting CEO is Dr. Andrew Johnson. The hospital currently undergoing a $437 million dollar redevelopment, delivering an additional 100 beds, a four storey expanded Emergency Department, expanded Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit, and expansion of oncology services. The Emergency Department will be the largest in Queensland.

History

There have been several Townsville hospitals over the city's 145 year history. The first Townsville Hospital was established in 1882 when the first stage of the North Ward Townsville Hospital was...
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