People will be 'proud' of Children's Hospital: Springborg
AS WORK continues on the over-budget Queensland Children's Hospital, set to open late 2014, the State Government has allowed the first sneak peak inside.
The ultra-modern facility is architecturally designed like a tree with "a network of vertical trunks and horizontal branches punctuating the building to allow natural light in and views out".
The hospital, which has just had its final concrete pour completed, will have 359 beds as well as accommodation for carers to stay with patients.
It will also feature an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ceremonial garden, a multi-faith centre, natural lighting, a pet visiting area and recreation spaces, including a rooftop terrace.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg, who toured the site with media, said there was "immutable logic" in having a single children's hospital in Queensland.
"There is no doubt we are going to have a very, very good children's hospital in Queensland of which people can be justifiably proud," he said.
"Indeed, it will provide us with 160 more beds than what we currently enjoy.
"There will be more emergency department treatment areas and expanded capacity across departments.
"The project is part of a state-wide strategy for children's health directed by its own Hospital and Health Service Board. There will be new clinics to treat obesity, pain and allergies and a brand new renal unit.
Mr Springborg said the project had exceeded the original budget.
"Under the former Government, this was a controversial project that blew out in price from $690 million to $1.5 billion," he said.
"We won't know until next year where that will finally land but certainly there has been some challenges with regards to budget to date."