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Cairns Hospital

Cairns Hospital


Cairns Hospital main entry via Lake Street,
Cairns Qld 4870

Emergency Department - 165-171 Esplanade,
Cairns North QLD 4870

Parking & Transport - The link bridge over Lake Street provides undercover pedestrian access from the Cairns Hospital multi-story cark park in Block E to the new Block D clinical services building.  Vehicle access to the car park is from Digger Street, corner of Grove Street. The closest bus stops for Cairns Hospital are located in Lake Street.  For bus information visit:

Contact Details

PO Box 902, Cairns Qld 4870 Phone: 07 4226 0000

Visiting Hours

Cairns Hospital provides community and specialist hospital services for Cairns and its immediate surroundings and is the major referral centre for Tropical North Queensland. Services include all major health specialties (medicine, surgery, women's health, paediatrics and mental health) and more than 30 sub-specialties. The hospital also is a major provider of outreach specialist services to remote and rural areas, including:

The hospital has around 450 overnight beds.

In June 2002, a seven-year $130 million redevelopment program was completed at Cairns Hospital, substantially upgrading the health facilities and services available for Far Northerners.

The current $454 million Cairns Hospital redevelopment  will result in a bigger and better hospital for the region, with an additional 168 beds by 2015.

Renaming Cairns Base Hospital to Cairns Hospital

Emergency Department

Patients presenting at emergency are given a triage rating based on the national triage scale:

  1. Resuscitation - Treat immediately
  2. Emergency - Treat within 10 minutes
  3. Urgent - Treat within 30 minutes
  4. Semi-urgent - Treat within 60 minutes
  5. Non-urgent - Treat within 120 minutes


Cairns Hospital’s Emergency Department generally meets these national benchmarks for the most urgent category. 100% of Category 1 patients are seen immediately. The national target for Category 2 is 80%; and currently around 79.6% are seen on time.

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Elective Surgery

Patients requiring elective surgery are categorised by the consultant at the public health care facility. For category 1 patients (with a condition that has the potential to deteriorate quickly, to the point that it may become an emergency), admission within 30 days is desirable. As at January 1, 2009, 61 category 1 patients at Cairns Hospital (56% of the total) had waited longer than this. For category 2 patients (with a condition causing some pain, dysfunction or disability, but which is not likely to deteriorate quickly or become an emergency) admission within 90 days is desirable. As at May 1, 2014, 77 patients on this list had waited longer. This is a reduction of 90% since the September 2013. More information on elective surgery waiting lists can be found on the Queensland Health web site  

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Capital Developments

Service Developments

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Cairns Hospital Snapshot

In 2013, there were:

As at January, 2014 Cairns Hospital employed 2774 full, part-time and casual staff, including 412 doctors and 1370 nurses. 

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Useful Information

Cairns Hospital map (PDF, 110KB)

Patient information brochure (PDF, 1.93MB)

Last Updated: 08 May 2014
Last Reviewed: 08 May 2014