Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) is the largest referral hospital in Queensland. The hospital provides highly specialised clinical services for Queensland and Australia including maternal foetal medicine, burns and trauma, advanced medical imaging, and neonatology. The nearly 1000-bed hospital employs over 7,500 staff and treats more than 600,000 patients each year.
A major centre for clinical education, RBWH has established partnerships with more than 14 universities, three vocational education providers and a collaborative centre with the Australian Defence Force.
The hospital is internationally renowned for its complex burns treatment with one of the world’s best survival rates for serious burns. The hospital is home to Queensland’s only Skin Culture Centre, which has revolutionised recovery and treatment by using a patient’s own cells to grow skin for surgery.
RBWH provides highly-specialised maternity and neonatal care including Australia’s largest public milk bank which provides milk for premature infants throughout Australia. It also offers one of the largest cancer care services in the country, providing complex medical oncology, radiotherapy, and haematology.
With four of the state’s nine interventional neuroradiology specialists, RBWH offers the largest such service in Queensland to provide alternatives to surgery for treatment of stroke, aneurysms, and cerebral and spinal vascular malformations.
The statewide telehealth cardiac investigations service provides cardiac testing to remote and rural areas. The service provides support to regional hospitals through real time live supervision of cardiac testing via telehealth, reducing the need for patients to travel to Brisbane for specialist assessment.
The hospital houses one of the state’s only public health particle accelerators which supplies radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic imaging and for radionuclide therapy right across the state. The hospital makes the starting materials for 90 per cent of the PET scans in Queensland public hospitals every morning and supplies specialist isotopes for research.
The hospital delivers a wide range of surgical services and was the first in the world to trial Intuitive Surgical’s Da Vinci Robots. It is also a leader in 3D bone and joint printing for surgical guides for complex orthopaedic surgeries such as spinal reconstruction or tumour resection.
The Sony You Can Centre at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital is Queensland’s only public specialised adolescent and young adult cancer centre. The Centre also supports RBWH Cancer Care Services in pursuing clinical research in partnership with adolescents and young adults to build evidence to advance treatment and survival outcomes.
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation supports research and vital equipment at the hospital including neonatal care and the Queensland Milk Bank.
RBWH is part of Metro North Hospital and Health Service.