Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

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Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Queensland Health
LocationButterfield Street, Herston, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates27°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
Care systemPublic Medicare (AU)
Hospital typeTeaching, tertiary referral
Affiliated universityUniversity of Queensland
Emergency departmentYes
ListsHospitals 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 within 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) of the hospital. It is the largest hospital in Queensland.[3]

The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital campus is home to several research institutes:


The main building of the Bowen Hospital as it was initially known, was designed by Charles Tiffin and others.[4] For a time it was also known as Brisbane General Hospital. In the 19th century the hospital dealt with some severe cases of tropical diseases.[4]

The hospital was created by the merging of the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital in 2003.[5] In the same year the hospital precinct was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[6]

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).[7]

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. Medical staff were forced to take extreme measures to stop the bacteria spreading.[8]

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  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 12 February 2008.
  3. ^ Amy Remeikis (12 December 2014). "'Code yellow' declared at RBWH following phone issue". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b de Vries, Susanna; Jake de Vries (2003). Historic Brisbane: Convict Settlement to River City. Brisbane, Australia: Pandanus Press. p. 70. ISBN 0-9585408-4-5.
  5. ^ "History of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital". Queensland Health. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Brisbane General Hospital Precinct (entry 601903)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Hospital lead levels 'no cause for concern'" (Web article). Brisbane Times. Retrieved 12 February 2008.
  8. ^ Miles, Janelle. "Hospital hit by super bug outbreak". Archived from the original (News article) on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2008.