MCH closure

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Mater Children's Hospital closure

Mater Children’s Hospital officially CLOSED at 8 am on 29 November 2014


  • After 8 am on 29 November 2014, all children’s emergencies should present to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH) Emergency Department.
  • The LCCH Emergency Department can be accessed via the Stanley Street entrance

In November 2014, after 83 years of service to the Queensland community, Mater Children’s Hospital will close and our paediatric services will transfer into the new government-owned and operated Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. The new hospital is a combination of Royal Children’s Hospital and Mater Children’s Hospital in a single children’s hospital which will offer the best facilities and services for high-level paediatric care in Queensland.

The children and families who regularly use tertiary paediatric services will benefit enormously when their specialists are all located in one place in which clinicians, educators and researchers can work together collaboratively; a single location which prevents families from having to travel with their sick and injured children to access different aspects of their treatment.

Of course, we are sad to be saying farewell to Mater Children’s Hospital after 83 years of community service and millions of amazing memories. We are sad to be saying farewell to so many exceptional Mater People who will transfer to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital or leave Mater for other opportunities. After all, it is the friendliness, talent and compassion of our people which has always defined the quality of care synonymous with Mater.

Those Mater People who will join their colleagues from Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) at the new facility will take with them the spirit, values and professionalism of their time at Mater. They will also take the very best wishes from each and every person at Mater and the warm blessings and deepest gratitude of the Sisters of Mercy.

Mater has enjoyed an enduring partnership with Royal Children’s Hospital and we applaud the professionalism and clinical excellence of RCH staff and the outstanding service the hospital has provided. We acknowledge and share the grief of closing an iconic hospital and we share the hope and excitement of new services at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Mater will continue to offer paediatric services for privately-insured patients through Mater Children’s Private Brisbane and will enhance services for young people through Queensland’s first dedicated young adult health service. Mater Mothers’ Hospitals will continue to grow and deliver the highest standards of maternity and neonatal care.

As Mater moves into a new era, we will continue to build services which confidently address the challenges of the future—to meet unmet community need.

We at Mater would like to thank the Queensland community for your support of Mater Children’s Hospital and wish the patients and staff at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital every success in delivering a world-class tertiary children’s hospital.

For more information about the history of Mater and Mater Children’s Hospital, please visit the Mater history website.