Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

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Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Queensland Health
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Geography
Location Butterfield Street, Herston, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates 27°26′49″S 153°01′42″E / 27.4469°S 153.0283°E / -27.4469; 153.0283Coordinates: 27°26′49″S 153°01′42″E / 27.4469°S 153.0283°E / -27.4469; 153.0283
Organisation
Care system Public Medicare (AU)
Hospital type Teaching, tertiary referral
Affiliated university University of Queensland
Services
Emergency department Yes
Beds 929[1]
Links
Website http://www.health.qld.gov.au/rbwh/
Lists Hospitals in Australia

The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital is a hospital located in Herston in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[2] The hospital has 929 beds,[1] and it is estimated that 65% of the patients served come from 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) of the hospital.

History[edit]

The hospital was created by the merging of the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital in 2003.[3] In the same year the hospital precinct was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[4]

In January 2008 there was a public health scare over concerns about lead levels at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Lead tests carried out at a Brisbane hospital found levels were safely below recommended standards. Queensland Health said there was no need to worry about children being exposed to lead at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital after air and surface swabs returned results below the levels recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).[5]

In February 2008 the hospital was hit by a "super bug" outbreak. The bacteria, known as Vancomycin resistant enterococci or VRE. The hospital closed two 30-bed wards to new admissions in early December after 21 patients tested positive to VRE. Nurses were forced to take extreme measures to stop the bacteria spreading.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Us". Queensland Health. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Health Service District" (District profile). Queensland Government. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  3. ^ "History of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital". Queensland Health. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Brisbane General Hospital Precinct (entry 16639)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  5. ^ "Hospital lead levels 'no cause for concern'" (Web article). Brisbane Times. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  6. ^ Miles, Janelle. "Hospital hit by super bug outbreak" (News article). News.com. Retrieved 2008-02-12. [dead link]