Joyce Palmer Health Service
The Joyce Palmer Health Service is a 15-bed primary-level acute facility located on the Aboriginal community of Palm Island. The facility is named after Joyce Palmer, a well-known Palm Island health worker. Joyce Palmer provided care to the people of Palm Island for more than 40 years until her retirement in 1984.
Joyce Palmer Health Service has full-time doctors who work full time and are on call for emergencies after hours. The hospital cares for all non-critically ill patients, including antenates, neonates, children, adults and aged care. Critical patients are stabilised and transferred to The Townsville Hospital by Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) with a retrieval team.
What care is provided?
- Emergency department
- General medical
- Minor surgical
- Aged care
- Ante and post-natal care
- Outpatient clinics
- Renal dialysis
- Audiology (hearing)
- Paediatric (child) Assessment Team
- Podiatry (feet)
- Mammography (breast screens)
- Cardiac physician
- Cardiac scientist
- Ear, Nose and Throat
- Ophthalmology (eye care)
- Paediatrics (children’s care)
- Psychiatry including child and youth
- Rheumatology (joints/arthritis)
Free onsite parking is available
In an emergency you should always call 000.
For non-urgent health advice call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
Palm Island, QLD, 4816
Ph: +61 7 4752 5100
All Townsville HHS facilities are smoke-free zones. The Queensland Government has banned smoking in all Queensland hospitals, healthcare and residential aged care facilities and for five metres beyond their boundaries.
Up to two visitors can see a patient in hospital at any one time, for any length of time, within visiting hours. More than two visitors continue to be allowed to provide end-of-life support to a patient. Visit with more than one other person if you are providing end-of-life support for a patient.
You cannot visit if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, returned from overseas in the last 14 days, been asked to self-quarantine, had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, have a fever or a cough, runny nose, sore throat or breathing difficulties.
Some critical care areas may have specific restrictions, including limiting visitor numbers.
More information can be found here.