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 Cairns Hospital Redevelopment


Video animation  Click here to view a 3-minute preview animation of the new clinical services building (Block D).

Welcome to the Cairns Hospital redevelopment

The $454.6 million redevelopment of Cairns Hospital (previously known as Cairns Base Hospital) will provide an additional 168 beds (overnight and same day beds) by 2015, bringing the total to 531 beds.

The redeveloped Cairns Hospital will also provide improved health services including:

 The Cairns Hospital is being redeveloped in stages. 

Seperable Portion 2 (SP2)

Separable Portion 2 is the next stage of the redevelopment involving the refurbishment of existing Blocks A, B & C.

Main Entrance – The link bridge over Lake Street provides undercover pedestrian acess from the Cairns Hospital multi-story car park in Block E to the new Block D clinical service building. Access to the car park is from Digger Street, corner of Grove Street. For bus information visist:

The Emergency department entrance remains on the Esplanade.

To access outpatient appointments in Block B, the best access is from the Esplanade straight to the Block C lifts. Take these lifts to level 1 and walk across the covered link bridge to Block B. Use the Block B lift directories and follow the signs to your clinic appointment. You can exit the buildings the same way. The helpful FNQHF volunteers are also available to assist.

The easiest access to Block A is from the Esplanade.


Feb 2015 Commencement of transfer of services into refurbished areas of Block B, level 5
Oct 2014 Refurbished Anatomical Pathology area opens in Block C
Sep 2014 Commencement of refurbishment works in Blocks A & B
Aug 2014 Transfer of services into Block D completed
Jul 2014 Commencement of refurbishment works in Block C
May 2014 Cairns Hospital Community Open Day held
Hospital Alternatives, Mobile Blood COllection, Acute Pain Service and OPERA team move to Block D
Prothetic gym, Rehab gym, OT, Social Work, Speech Pathology and Nutrition and Dietetics move to Block D
Patient Services moves to Block D
Cairns Hospital Community Open Day held
Pharmacy becomes Operational in Block D
Lake Street pedestrian access link bridge opens
Pathology becomes Operational in Block E
Apr 2014 Linen service becomes operational in Block D
New Kitchen becomes operational in Block D
Practical Completion achieved for Block D

Nov 2013

Link Bridge installed over Lake St

Aug 2013

Tower Crane 2 dismantled

Hospital construction work peaks with 400 tradies on site

Work commences on construction of new Pathology Lab including new Pneumatic Tube System

Jul 2013

Removal of Base from hospital name

Expo held with 3D model of new building, colour themes, floor plans on display

Jun 2013

Expansion of Special Care Nursery and Birthing Suites complete

Nov 2012

Construction of highest point reached on new Block D building

Oct 2012

Special Care Nursery stage 1a opens - new clinical area

Aug 2012

Release of video animation

New Intensive Care Unit area opens (stage 2)
Jul 2012 Special Care Nursery stage 1 opens
Block A access ramp opens
Jun 2012 Four new birth suites opens
Apr 2012 Intensive Care Unit stage 1 opens
Mar 2012 Stage 2B of Cairns North Community Health Facility opens for adult and child community health services
Nov 2011 Second CT scanner for CBH opens
Jun 2011 Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre opens
May 2011 Work commences on new clinical services building
Apr 2011 Emergency Department expansion completed
Nov 2010 New eight-storey car park opens
Sep 2010 Stage 2A of Cairns North Community Health Facility opens
Jul 2010 Cardiac catheter laboratory opens
May 2009 Stage 1 of Cairns North Community Health Facility opens as the new home for Cairns Diabetes Centre and home dialysis training

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Last Updated: 18 June 2014
Last Reviewed: 18 June 2014