Princess Alexandra Hospital

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Princess Alexandra Hospital
Queensland Health, Government of Queensland
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Main entrance
LocationIpswich Road, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates27°29′57″S 153°02′00″E / 27.4993°S 153.0332°E / -27.4993; 153.0332Coordinates: 27°29′57″S 153°02′00″E / 27.4993°S 153.0332°E / -27.4993; 153.0332
Hospital typeTeaching hospital; Tertiary
Affiliated universityUniversity of Queensland
NetworkMetro South, Queensland Health
ListsHospitals in Australia

The Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) is a major Australian teaching hospital of the University of Queensland, located in Brisbane, Queensland. It is a tertiary level teaching hospital with all major medical and surgical specialities onsite except for obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics. It has a catchment population of 1.6 million people with 780 beds and 5,800 full-time equivalent staff.[1] In 2005, the hospital received Magnet Recognition.

The hospital is located on Ipswich Road in Woolloongabba, an inner-city suburb of Brisbane.


The hospital is built on the site of the 1883 Diamantina Orphanage, named after Diamantina Bowen, wife of the first Governor of Queensland. In 1901, it became Diamantina Hospital for Chronic Diseases. In 1943, it became the South Brisbane Auxiliary Hospital and then the South Brisbane Hospital in 1956.[2]

In 1959, it became the Princess Alexandra Hospital and was opened by and named after HRH Princess Alexandra, to mark the Centennial of Queensland. In 2000, a new building was opened to replace the ageing red-brick hospital complex built in the 1950s.[2]

Princess Alexandra Hospital is renowned for its surgical departments.[citation needed]


Queensland's spinal injuries unit and the liver and kidney transplantation services are based at the hospital. The Cardiothoracic Surgery Unit opened in 1998. In the following years the unit performed more than 10,000 operations.[3]

Emergency department expansion[edit]

From 2009 to 2011 major expansion works were undertaken, including the doubling in size of the emergency department, the construction of a helipad with express elevators, and new oncology bunkers for cancer treatment.[4][5][6]


The P.A. Foundation is located at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The foundation raises money for medical research on the P.A. hospital campus. In April 2008, the Diamantina Institute for Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic Medicine was opened at the hospital.[7] In July 2011, the Diamantina Health Partners, Queensland's first academic health science centre, was opened. The Diamantina Health Partners head office is located within the Translational Research Institute on the P.A. hospital campus. In mid-2014, the Diamantina Health Partners joined together with the Mayne Health Science Alliance and Children's Health Queensland to form the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners Academic Health Science System, also housed within the Translational Research Institute on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus.


The PA Hospital can be accessed by the dedicated PA Hospital busway station, the Dutton Park Railway Station and by buses on Ipswich Road or Cornwall Street. A taxi rank is also located on Ipswich Road. In March 2008 a new 1400 bay car park was opened to service visitors and staff parking needs.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Current projects". Department of Local Government and Planning. 8 December 2011. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Diamantina Health Care Museum". Queensland Government. 4 July 2014. Archived from the original on 14 December 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ "PA Hospital performs 10,000th cardiothoracic surgery". Queensland Health. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Projects – Princess Alexandra Hospital Emergency Expansion – Capworks Management". Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Princess Alexandra Hospital Emergency Department Expansion Project in Woolloongabba, QLD – Cordell Connect". Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Princess Alexandra Hospital " BLP". Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Diamantina Institute officially unveiled". Medical News Today. 22 April 2008.

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