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Ten things you didn't know about Beaudesert Hospital

25 November 2020

They say people living in small country towns know everything about everyone, but Beaudesert Hospital has a few little secrets local residents may find surprising.

Celebrating 120 years, Beaudesert Hospital is sharing ten things you might not have known, as staff mark more than a century caring for local families.

Birth register#1  Beaudesert Hospital has Birth Register books for babies born from January 1951 until June 2002 (when the electronic patient record was introduced).

The names and birth details of many locals are handwritten in the book.

Alpacas#2  Pet therapy animals including alpacas and dogs visit Beaudesert Hospital to bring the joy of animal companionship to those who need it most.

Alpaca visits were a Queensland-first and even made the news. Interestingly, the alpacas preferred the hallway carpet – not the new vinyl flooring.


Auxiliary#3  The hospital canteen is dedicated to George Macdonald. George was a hospital volunteer who bought tubs of ice cream and delivered bowls of ice cream to children at the hospital every night.

Beaudesert Hospital 1906#4  Land for the hospital was purchased for £40 (forty pounds), which was later donated back to the hospital.

The original hospital was a cottage with four rooms and could accommodate eight patients. It opened in June 1900.

Invitation#5  The Beaudesert Hospital building as it stands now was completed in 1999.

The wards moved into the new hospital, and a party was held to farewell the ‘old’ hospital.

Caddie's#6  In 1999, the ‘old’ maternity ward building was donated when the new building was completed.  

The building was transported to Jimboomba – where it is now known as ‘Caddies Community Centre.’

Beaudesert floods staff#7  During the 2017 floods, several staff were ‘flooded in’ at the hospital – and stayed at the hospital for four days.

The staff working around the clock to keep the Emergency Department and inpatient departments open, doing what they could - helping with porterage, providing care for patients, making sandwiches in the kitchen for staff.

Helicopter landing at BeaudesertAfter several days straight, Dr Chandrasena Tennakoon was flown in from Brisbane by helicopter to provide some reprieve. Dr Chandra’s nickname is now “Maverick”.

Wendy Norris#8  Beaudesert Hospital is a much-loved place to work, with many staff saying they can’t imagine working anywhere else. The hospital is also a family affair. Some locals have had five generations of their family born at the hospital.

Like Wendy Norris, who was born and bred at the hospital. Wendy’s parents both worked at Beaudesert Hospital – which is where they met in the 1950’s. They fell in love, and later, Wendy was born at the hospital. In 1979, Wendy finished school and started working in the hospital laundry and remembers washing and starching uniforms in 46-degree heat. Forty-two years later, Wendy still works at the hospital as the Supervisor of Environmental Services. Wendy also had her daughter at Beaudesert Hospital in 2000 with midwife Ann – who still works at Beaudesert Maternity today.

Craft shop#9  The Beaudesert Hospital Auxiliary has done outstanding work for the hospital since it was formed in 1962.

Their fundraising efforts have funded patient televisions, hospital equipment and facilities for patients and staff.

The Auxiliary operates the hospital canteen, which is known for its fresh sandwiches, baby blankets and hanging hand towels.

SBT Beaudesert#10  This year, for the first time ever, Beaudesert Hospital welcomed two nursing School Based Trainees who began their 12-month traineeship in July.

Amy and Jeremiah, both Year 11 students at Emmaus College, work one day a week in the medical ward as an introduction to a career in healthcare.

The program is an opportunity for young people in the local community to experience first-hand how fulfilling working in the health sector is, as well as to leave high school with a qualification in hand, opening up opportunities for their career and for further studies.

Happy 120th Birthday Beaudesert Hospital!

Last updated 25 November 2020
Last reviewed 25 November 2020

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