Construction Set for $350-M Vertical Expansion of Princess Alexandra Hospital in Woolloongabba

Princess Alexandra Hospital
Photo Credit: Metro South Health

Princess Alexandra Hospital is set to undergo a significant expansion, with state allocation of $350 million to add five storeys atop its existing three-level structure. This expansion, slated to commence before the year’s end, promises minimal disruption to patient care.

The project, anticipated to conclude in 2026, will introduce 249 additional beds, comprising 219 acute inpatient beds and 30 intensive care units (ICU). Notably, this endeavour marks the second instance of a Queensland public hospital undergoing vertical expansion, following Logan Hospital.

The public has been assured of of minimal disruption to emergency department operations during construction, with plans in place to ensure the continued safe operation of the hospital’s helipad. Despite the project’s challenges, proponents emphasise a cautious approach to ensure completion by 2026.

Constructed initially with vertical expansion in mind, Princess Alexandra’s emergency department, completed over a decade ago, now paves the way for this ambitious development. The expansion is expected to substantially boost the hospital’s capacity, equivalent to nearly three full rugby league fields.

“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,” Hon Shannon Fentiman said

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

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“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.”

Upon finalisation of the contract, the government has pledged transparency regarding any potential adjustments to the initial $350 million budget. This initiative underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing healthcare infrastructure to meet the needs of Queensland’s growing community.

“The capacity expansion project at Princess Alexandra Hospital is essential given the vital role PA plays in delivering specialist services to the state,” Chief Executive Metro South Health Noelle Cridland said. 

“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.  

Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane
Photo Credit: Metro South Health

“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.”

The expansion aligns with the broader $10 billion Capital Expansion Program, a testament to the Queensland Government’s dedication to bolstering health and hospital facilities across the state. 

Published 1-March-2023