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Cooktown Multipurpose Health Service Profile

icon Cooktown Multipurpose Health Service (MPHS) is a 24-hour facility which provides emergency, acute and residential aged care.
icon The facility comprises two emergency beds, 16 acute beds, 11 residential aged care beds, and can also accommodate patients with palliative care and respite requirements.
icon Cooktown provides a range of allied health services, such as chronic disease prevention and management, dental clinics, outpatients, medical imaging, physiotherapy, social work, dietetics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, diabetes educators, aged care, home and community care, mental health and child health outreach services.
icon Cooktown has an eight-chair, nurse-assisted renal dialysis unit that operates as a satellite service delivered by the Cairns Hospital's Renal Medicine Department for Cook Shire clients.

In 2014 a birthing service commenced at the MPHS for women from the Cooktown region who are assessed as having a low-risk pregnancy. This is after an absence of birthing services for 11 years. The region’s midwifery group practice services were also expanded.


Tele-chemotherapy programs commenced at Cooktown, Weipa and Thursday Island in 2014/15. Low risk cancer patients no longer need to travel to Cairns for chemotherapy.

icon Financial assistance is available through the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme to eligible patients who need to travel to other hospitals for procedures and tests not available locally.
icon Telehealth services are available for linking with other facilities via video-conference for patients.


Street Address: 48 Hope St, COOKTOWN  QLD 4895
Postal Address: PO Box 101, COOKTOWN  QLD 4895


+61 7 4043 0100


+61 7 4043 0108

Office hours

8am to 5pm

HHS website

Visit Torres and Cape HHS website

Distance to main referring hospital(s)

Cairns Hospital - 330km

Hospital services

  • Emergency
  • General ward
  • Minor surgical doctors on staff
    - 1 Medical Superintendent and 2 Senior Medical Officers

Specialist services

  • Medical imaging

Clinics available

  • Antenatal classes
  • Dental
  • General outpatients

Allied health services

  • Dental
  • Occupational health
  • Optometry
  • Physiotherapy

Outreach services

  • Mental Health
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Thoracic medicine

Other aged services

  • Long stay care
  • Palliative care
  • Residential aged care
  • Respite/diversional therapy

Other services

  • HACC services

Capital works or recent improvements

  • In 2014 a modern Nurse Call System and a new energy saving generator load bank and hot water pre-heat facility were installed.
  • The operating theatre air conditioning system at Cooktown Hospital was upgraded in 2015.
  • Planning has commenced to improve  kitchen and laundry facilities.
Last updated: 14 February 2022

Cooktown Multipurpose Health Service

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