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Bundaberg Hospital | Queensland Health

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Visiting hours
10.30am – 8.30pm.
10.30am – 12pm, 3pm – 8.30pm.
Intensive Care Unit
10.30am – 12pm, 3pm – 8.30pm.
Bed numbers

257 beds.


Free on-street car parking is available for patients and visitors, as well as designated onsite car parking for specific patient groups such as renal, maternity and BreastScreen patients.

Park and ride is available through the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation buggy service, from the large public car park off Bourbong St (access next to Rotary Lodge).

Patients and visitors to the Oral Health and Cancer Care Centre, in Hope St, have access to a free public car park directly outside the facility.

Short-term patient pick-up and drop-off is available outside the main hospital entrance, off Bourbong St.

Public transport

A public bus stop is located on Bourbong St, out the front of the hospital.

A free taxi phone is in the waiting room near Reception.

For timetable information, please go to Duffy’s City Buses website.

General services
  • 24-hour Emergency Department
  • Acute inpatient services
  • Outpatient services
  • Medical Imaging
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacy
Specialist services

Bundaberg Hospital provides public access to the following specialist services, either directly or through private partnerships. A referral may be required from your treating health professional before an appointment can be made.

  • Breast screening
  • Cancer Care
  • Cataract surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General and Colorectal  surgery
  • Paediatric ear, nose and throat surgery
  • Gynaecology
  • Intensive Care / Coronary Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
  • Obstetrics
  • Orthopaedics
  • Palliative Care
  • Paediatrics
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Renal services (including Dialysis)
  • Specialist Outpatients
  • Stomal therapy
  • Wound Management
Community and Allied Health services
Community Health Services
Allied Health Services
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services
  • Child, Maternity and Family Health Services
  • Community Hospital Interface Program  (CHIP)
  • Diabetes education
  • Hospital in the Home
  • Oral health, including school-based program
  • Public Health Unit
  • Sexual health clinic
  • Transition Care Program
  • Mobile Women's Health Service
  • Dietetics
  • Genetic counselling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Podiatry (high-risk foot clinic)
  • Social work
  • Speech pathology
Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health services
  • Adult Acute Inpatient Unit
  • Child and Youth Mental Health services
  • Adult Step Up Step Down facility
    (short-stay residential unit serving Wide Bay)
  • Adult Community Care Unit
    (longer-stay residential unit serving Wide Bay)
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Service
    (Including Needle Syringe Program, Opiate Treatment Service and Drug Diversion Program)

For more information about our Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs services, please go to our Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Service page.

No Smoking

Please note all our facilities are non-smoking, including inside our premises, on our grounds and within 5m of our perimeter.

273 Bourbong Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670
PO Box 34, Bundaberg QLD 4670
07 4150 2222
07 4303 8299

Last updated: 7 July 2020

Bundaberg Hospital - Infrastructure Pipeline




The Queensland Government is delivering a new hospital to service Bundaberg and the Wide Bay region. The current Bundaberg Hospital is reaching capacity and opportunities to expand healthcare services are limited. The preferred site is state-owned land to the west of Kay McDuff Drive, about five kilometres south of Bundaberg’s CBD.

The hospital will provide 121 addition beds as well as a range of care across medical, surgical, emergency, acute mental health, outpatient and diagnostic fields. It is also proposed that the hsopital have education, training and research facilities. 

Key Dates

Nov 2017 Project Announcement
2022 Expected Construction Commencement
2022 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Queensland Government


Nov 2017 The Queensland Government invested $3 million toward the preliminary business case to investigate a new or refurbished hospital.
Apr 2019 The Preliminary Business Case was completed.
Jun 2019 The Queensland Government announced $6.7 million towards the development of the detailed business case. This will be developed by Building Queensland, in partnership with Queensland Health and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service. It will consider options for staged construction in order to make some services available prior to completion of the entire project. The business case will also examine the size and scope of the hospital's clinical services, road and public transport infrastructure, car-parking, and opportunities to locate associated health business nearby.
Aug 2019 The Queensland Government announced the search for a new site for the hospital, calling for interested landowners to come forward and list their properties for consideration.
Jul 2020 The Queensland Government announced the preferred site for the hospital is state-owned land to the west of Kay McDuff Drive, about 5km south of Bundaberg’s CBD. The public consultation process for possible sites delivered more than 20 submissions regarding private landholdings.
Nov 2020 Public consultation for the proposed hospital design opened and a preliminary concept layout was released.
Feb 2021 Concept designs were released and put on public display for two weeks.
Jun 2021 In its 2021-22 Budget, the Queensland Government allocated $15 million for the purchase of the preferred site and enable detailed site planning in preparation for the first stage of the project.
Jun 2022 The 2022-23 Queensland Budget allocated $9.8 billion over six years toward the Queensland Health Capacity Expansion Program, including funding toward the new Bundaberg Hospital. This included $20 million in FY2022-23 for early works on the project. The Queensland Government also announced the project's total estimated cost as $1.2 billion.

Estimated Total Cost




Procurement approach

Unconfirmed |


Queensland |


Project website

Bundaberg Hospital Redevelopment Project

Government resources

Building Queensland Pipeline Report 2019

Media releases


Jayant Patel

Jayant Mukundrai Patel (born April 10, 1950 [ citation needed ] ) is an Indian-born American surgeon who was accused of gross negligence while working at the Queensland Base Hospital in Bundaburg , Australia. The deaths of some of Patel's patients caused widespread publicity in 2005. In June 2010, he was convicted of three counts of manslaughter and one count of grievous bodily harm, and sentenced to seven years in prison. [1] In August 2012, all convictions were overturned by the full court. The High Court of Australia and a retrial were ordered due to "highly emotional and biased irrelevant evidence" presented before the jury. [2] A retrial on one of the manslaughter charges resulted in an acquittal and led to a plea deal where Patel pleaded guilty to fraud and the remaining charges were dropped. On May 15, 2015, he was banned from practicing medicine in Australia. [3]


  • 1 Early Life and Education
  • 2 Careers
    • 2.1 Buffalo, New York, USA
    • 2.2 Portland, Oregon, USA
    • 2.3 BANDABERG, QUVINDIA, Australia
  • 3 Practice in Bandababer0022
  • 7.2.2 Repeated consideration
  • 8 Conditions
  • 9 See also
  • 10 Recommendations
  • 11 External link
  • Early life and education

    jiant Patel were born in Dzamnagar in the Indian State Gudzhast. [4] Initially he studied surgery at the M. P. Shah Medical College at Saurashtra University, earning a master's degree. [5] He then moved to the United States where he completed additional surgical training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine as a surgical resident and surgical resident. [4]


    Buffalo, New York, USA

    In 1984, Patel was cited by health officials in Buffalo, New York for not examining patients before surgery. [6] He was fined US$5000 and was placed on three years of clinical probation. [7] In April 2001, New York State health authorities revoked Patel's license. [7]

    Portland, Oregon, USA

    In 1989, Patel moved to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Portland, Oregon. In 1995, the hospital named him Distinguished Physician of the Year. By this time, Patel was involved in a number of problematic cases, eight of which provoked or would later lead to malpractice or wrongful death claims. [8] Medical personnel allege that he performed surgery when he was not at work, operated on patients of other surgeons, operated unnecessarily, and caused serious injury and death. At 1998 Kaiser Permanente restricted Patel's activities; he was ordered not to operate on the liver or pancreas and to get a second opinion before performing other operations. In September 2000, after reviewing four deaths from three patients, the Oregon Board of Medical Reviewers issued a statewide restraint on Patel. [9] Despite his limited medical license, Patel still received brilliant letters of recommendation from his colleagues at Kaiser Permanente. [10]

    Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia

    In 2003, Patel moved to the position of director of the surgical clinic Bundaberg Base Hospital, where he worked as part of the Queensland Health "needy" program, where overseas-trained doctors are recruited predominantly in areas with understaffed. He was appointed despite his lack of surgical qualifications. [11]

    Bundaberg practice

    Weaknesses were identified in Patel's practice. His operation was called "outdated" and "sloppy". The nurses claimed they hid their patients from him when they knew he was in the hospital. [12] He was bad at hygiene. [13] He was attracted by the nickname "Doctor Death". He is alleged to have altered medical records, including death certificates, to cover up his shortcomings. [14] [15] Patel was involved in at least 87 deaths among 1202 patients he treated between 2003 and early 2005. Thirty patients died while in his care at Bundaberg. [11]

    March 22, 2005 Stuart Copeland, Queensland Shadow Minister for Health, raised the issue of Patel's clinical practice during Questions to the Queensland Parliament. [16] Copeland was warned of Patel's inadequacy by Toni Hoffman, Bundaberg Base Hospital Nurse. Two days later, Rob Messenger, the National Party MP Burnett, also raised the issue in a speech before the Legislature and demanded Patel's removal. After Hadley Thomas, journalist Brisbane Courier-Mail , published reports about Patel, the newspaper and other media were flooded with claims of patients being injured or dying as a result of Patel's operations. [17]

    On April 2, 2005, Patel flew from Australia to Portland using a business class airfare paid for by Queensland Health. [18] His passport was not detained. [19]

    On November 22, 2006, a judge issued a warrant for Patel's arrest and extradition to Australia. [20] He was charged with three counts of manslaughter, five of grievous bodily harm, four of reckless mischief and eight of fraud. He was extradited to Australia on 21 July 2008. [21]

    Morris Inquiry

    In response to public dissatisfaction with Patel's performance at the Bundaberg-based hospital, the Beatty Government convened a "Commission of Inquiry into the Bundaberg Hospital". The inquiry had similar judicial powers to the Royal Commission and hearings began in Brisbane on 23 May 2005. They were led by Anthony Morris, Queen's Counsel.

    On June 10, Morris published an interim report, which was presented by the Prime Minister in State Parliament the same day. Beatty. The report recommended, among other things, that Patel be charged with murder or manslaughter against one patient, causing "a negligent injury" to another patient, and that he also be charged with fraud in connection with his registration with the Medical Board. Queensland to practice medicine and extradition proceedings should commence. He also recommended changes to Medical Practitioners Registration Act 2001 . [22]

    The Morris trial began in Bundaberg on 20 June. Nurses, local Queensland health officials and Patel's former patients are expected to testify. Public hearings in Bundaberg ended on 14 July. The inquiry resumed public hearings in Brisbane on 25 July and also sat in Townsville from 2 to 4 August.

    During the Morris investigation, two senior Queensland health officials in the Bundaberg region, Darren Keating and Peter Lek, filed an application with the Queensland Supreme Court calling for the investigation to be closed, alleging that Morris had shown prejudice against them. On September 1, Judge Martin Moynihan of the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the applicants, finding that the Board of Inquiry had been tainted with alleged prejudice against Keating and Lek, and that evidence obtained from other witnesses was linked to Keating and Lek's testimony. [23]

    Davis's request

    A new investigation began on 8 September 2005 and was led by former Queensland High Court Justice Justice. Geoffrey Davis QC. This request, formally named Queensland Public Hospitals Commission of Inquiry , was commonly known as the Davis Inquiry.

    The Davis Investigation Log was released on November 30, 2005. It recommended that charges of manslaughter and other criminal offenses be brought against Patel. [11] The report also places much of the blame on two former health ministers, Gordon Nuttall and Wendy Edmond, and senior Queensland health officials for allowing an organizational culture of secrecy and ostracism against whistleblowers that allowed Patel to go unpunished for two years. [24]

    Independent surgeon Peter Woodruff, who was asked by Judge Davis to review Patel's work, believes that Patel inadvertently caused 13 deaths and serious complications in at least 31 people. [25]

    Forster's Request

    B The Forster's Request, also known as the Queensland Health Systems Review, was commissioned by the Queensland Government on 16 April 2005 as an out-of-court inquiry, in part because of the political and public sentiment that followed the practice Jayant Patel at Bundaberg Hospital with a broader focus on Queensland Health practices, systems and processes. [26] His report was released in September 2005.



    Patel was arrested on March 11, 2008 by FBI agents. [27] He appeared in court that day with a court-appointed attorney, telling Federal Judge Dennis Hubel that he could not afford an attorney because of the significant pre-trial costs. In response, the magistrate ordered Patel, who lives in a $900,000 home, to fill out financial statements ahead of an upcoming detention hearing. Following the arrest, Toni Hoffman, a nurse who took her complaints about Patel to an Australian MP, said: "I'm glad he's been arrested, but there is still a lot to be done." Patel denied the allegations. The extradition process against Patel began in April 2008. [28] On June 28, 2008, Judge Hebel denied Patel's bail, with the judge warning the Australian and US authorities that they must extradite Patel by July 21, 2008 or he would release Patel on bail.

    Patel Extradited: US Marshals handed Patel over to two officers from the Queensland Police Service at Los Angeles International Airport on 19 July, who then escorted him aboard Qantas flight QF 176. [29] The flight arrived at Brisbane Airport on the morning of 21 July. [30] Patel was immediately taken to the Brisbane Watchtower and released on bail the same day by Roma Street Magistrates' Court. [31]


    Main article: John Byrne (Judge) § Queen v Patel

    Patel was tried in the High Court of Queensland for unlawfully killing three patients, and causing grievous bodily harm to a fourth. [32] He pleaded not guilty to all charges. [33]

    On June 29, 2010, Jayant Patel was found guilty on all four counts. [34] On July 1, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for his crimes. [35] Patel appealed his verdict and sentence to the Court of Appeal, and the prosecution also appealed the verdict. Both appeals were rejected.

    Appeal to the High Court

    Patel then appealed the decision of the Court of Appeal to the High Court of Australia and received special leave to appeal. On 24 August 2012, the High Court unanimously granted the appeal and overturned Patel's conviction on the grounds that biased evidence likely influenced the jury. Patel argued that by the time prosecutors admitted that on the 43rd day of the trial they were unable to prove that Patel was guilty of incompetence, the jury had already heard testimony and evidence of his unusual behavior. [2] [36] The High Court awarded Patel a new trial.


    The following year, a retrial was held on one of the manslaughter charges, and Patel was acquitted by the jury. [37] This led to a call to drop the remaining charges against Patel. [38] The remaining charges of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm were later dropped in exchange for Patel's guilty plea to two counts related to his dishonest registration and two counts related to dishonest employment in Queensland. [39] Patel was given a two-year suspended sentence on fraud charges. [39]


    In a November 2010 television documentary about the case on CNN as part of the Untold Stories of the World series titled "They Called Him 'Dr Death'", several of Patel's medical staff in Australia testified about how they repeatedly blew a whistle on him only so that the doctors would not notice him. bosses and other authorities. Questions were also raised about the lack of due diligence on the part of those involved in his appointment. [40] [41] [42]

    In response to this case, Peter Beatty fired the CEO, Robert Stable made changes to funding, the operation of the medical board, and the way the issues raised by whistleblowers were addressed. [42]

    On May 15, 2015, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Court banned Patel from practicing medicine in Australia again. The Tribunal reaffirmed the Australian Practitioners' Regulatory Agency's allegations that Patel tricked the authorities into granting him a medical license, covered up issues related to his fitness to be a doctor, and performed surgeries he knew he could not competently perform . 9 Medical Council of Australia v Patel [2015] QCAT 133 Queensland Civil and Administrative Court.

    external link

    • "Six Point Action Plan" to Eliminate Biased Evidence Gathered by Morris Inquiry
    • Portland Oregon coverage (including copies of documents)
    • Australian "Dr. Death21 Request" website
    • 1 Davis - includes terms of reference and transcripts of public meetings (temporarily disabled due to ongoing litigation)
    • Kaiser Papers
    • Queensland government press release announcing the Davis Inquiry
    • Peter Beatty Open Letter

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