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Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service
About Toowoomba

Toowoomba is a significant rural city clinging to the edge of the Great Dividing Range, west of Brisbane. The largest inland settlement in Queensland, Toowoomba is the economic and commercial centre of the Darling Downs. While Toowoomba is a modern city, complete with major facilities, it has maintained its old-world charm through a number of attractive and elegant Victorian buildings. Toowoomba offers a relaxed country lifestyle with the benefits of a major city and easy access to Brisbane and the coast.

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The Toowoomba Base Hospital provides a wide array of services, primarily ambulatory care including emergency specialist outpatient services, day procedures, dialysis and oncology services; and acute inpatient care such as medical, surgical, orthopaedic, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, special care nursing, intensive and coronary care and theatre services.

The Hospital’s Rehabilitation Care includes slow stream rehabilitation, aged care and palliative care.

Specialist services from the Hospital are general medicine, emergency medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology, stomal therapy, wound management, anaesthetics including acute pain, obstetrics and gynaecology, oncology, paediatrics, respiratory medicine, renal medicine, haemodialysis, home dialysis, peritoneal dialysis, surgical services, endoscopy, ENT, faciomaxillary surgery, orthopaedic surgery, and perioperative services.

Medical support services include ECG, EEG, stress testing, health information services, infection control, medical imaging (24 hour emergency imaging, CT, general x-ray, angiography, ultrasound, echocardiography), pathology including biochemistry, cytology, haematology, histology, microbiology, pharmacy and access to the Red Cross Blood Bank.

Community Health services provided include aged care assessment, alcohol tobacco and other drugs services, breast screening, community aged care services, cervical cancer prevention, child youth and family health services including developmental assessment clinic, communicable diseases, home care services, home medical aids scheme, Indigenous health, maternity home care services, oral health, preventative school-based health nurse.

Allied Health services include dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, rural allied health services, speech pathology and social work.

Other services available from the hospital include health promotion, outreach support, pastoral care and a sub-acute non-acute patient (SNAP) project.

Educational services and training is a focus in Toowoomba with a variety of programs available to medical, nursing and allied health staff. The Toowoomba
Base Hospital also includes a new oncology outpatient department.

Living in Toowoomba

Toowoomba is the regional centre for the Darling Downs District and just 90 minutes west of Brisbane. Toowoomba is a modern city with access to all major services and facilities. There is plenty to see and do - take advantage of the many galleries, heritage exhibitions, museums, restaurants, and great range of shopping centres around the city.

Toowoomba experiences a temperate climate, and is one of the few regions in Queensland with four distinct seasons. The education, training and tertiary sectors are well catered for, with both private and public schools, vocational training providers and 2 universities in the region. There is also a wide variety of sporting options available for all ages.

A notable 'must do' is viewing the city, mountains and Lockyer Valley, from the Picnic Park Lookout and Park. It’s the best place to appreciate Toowoomba’s high location on top of the Great Dividing Range. The Park offers beautifully landscaped gardens with walking tracks, playgrounds and barbeque facilities.

Local must see!

Toowoomba is nicknamed ‘The Garden City’, with more than 240 public parks and gardens. Each year in the last week of September the city celebrates with its Carnival of Flowers, the longest running floral event of its kind in Australia. With a vibrant street parade, flowers and floral displays, fabulous food and wine, original artwork, imaginative interactive workshops and exceptional entertainment, the Carnival of Flowers has something for everyone!

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  • Over 80 education facilities including public and private schools (Preparatory Year followed by Year 1 to Year 12), special education, Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE, University of Queensland and Southern Queensland University
  • Childcare facilities
  • Community clubs including Rotary, Toastmasters, Apex, Lions, Queensland Country Women’s Association, RSL, Scouts, Guides and Boys Brigade
  • Support groups
  • Aged care facilities and support groups
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Toowoomba Regional Library
  • Grand Central Cinemas
  • Various faiths provide services and places of worship
  • Police station
  • Australia Post
  • Coles, Foodworks, Spar and Woolworths supermarkets
  • A number of shopping centres
  • Most major banks
  • Restaurants
  • Night clubs
  • Convention centre
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  • Sporting clubs and facilities including the Milne Bay Aquatic Centre, golf, archery, bowls, swimming, cricket, tennis, softball, baseball, basketball, netball, hockey, all codes of football, BMX track, velodrome and skate bowls
  • Picnic Point Lookout
  • Queens Park and the Botanical Gardens
  • Redwood, Jubilee Parks
  • Laurel Bank Park
  • Japanese garden
  • Carnival of Flowers Festival and Competition, held in September
  • Webb Park and the George Essex Evans monument
  • Toowoomba Show in April
  • Toowoomba Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat
  • Historical buildings, including Vacy Hall, Fernside, Clifford House, Tawa, Smithfield Homestead and the Royal Bulls Head Inn and St Matthews Church in Drayton
  • Cobb & Co Museum
  • Indoor rock climbing centre
  • Australian Gospel Music Festival held in April
  • Regional Art Gallery
  • Spring Bluff Railway Station (Heritage Listed)
  • Cycling, walking, gliding, horse riding
Toowoomba facility Toowoomba facility Queensland Health facility address
Physical Address:
Pechey Street TOOWOOMBA QLD 4350
Postal Address:
Private Mail Bag 2 TOOWOOMBA Qld 4350
General Phone:
+61 7 4616 6000
General Fax:
+61 7 4616 6170
Office Hours:
0800 to 1630
Real life stories
Julie James, OT Toowoomba, Queensland Health
Julie James OT, Toowoomba Hospital "Toowoomba is a great location to work in - it has sufficient staff to support re-entry professionals such as myself".
Dan Halliday, SMO Stanthorpe, Queensland Health
Dan Halliday SMO, Stanthorpe Hospital "Going bush gives you great opportunities to travel more and really experience local tourism and other facilities".
Anita Bolton, Dir of Nursing, Miles
Anita Bolton Director of Nursing, Miles Hospital "Miles is a beautiful little town with a strong community spirit".
Dr Amit Sutaria, Principal Dentist, Miles Hospital
Dr Amit Sutaria A/Senior Dentist, Miles Hospital "The people in Miles are very friendly. It is nothing for people here to give you a wave and say hello to you".
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  • 97,300 Population
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