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.
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.
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.
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!