Lady Cilento name change backed
A survey has found a majority of residents want the name of Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane to be changed.
Over 62 per cent of 38,000 people who voted in the Queensland Government's online survey supported changing the name to 'Queensland Children's Hospital'.
Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said a formal decision could come in a matter of weeks.
“Many people also wrote to me or their local MP with feedback about name change. This correspondence will be reviewed over the coming days,” he said.
“I will be receiving a formal briefing from Queensland Health and will also consider the survey results and correspondence from individuals and stakeholders before a decision is made in the coming weeks.
“I will also consult with my ministerial colleagues.”
The survey was launched after Mr Miles received a petition signed by almost 900 medical practitioners at the hospital asking for a switch.
Many believe the name is confusing and can lead parents to think it is a private facility.
The Children's Hospital Foundation believe a differently-named building could help raise more money for research.
The hospital is named after Queensland medical practitioner and author Phyllis Cilento.
Changing the name would require alterations to signage, street, helipad and precinct maps, stationery, letterheads and IT systems.
Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mander said changing the name would be “an absolute joke and a blatant waste of taxpayers' money”.