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.
Until further notice, there is a change to visiting hours at all Townsville HHS hospitals to provide more flexibility for those among our community wanting to support a loved one in hospital.
Two people may visit a patient, at the same time, for two-hours, once per day, between 8am and 8pm. All visitors must be over the age of 16.
Visitors can always remain with a patient and are not restricted to the two-hour limit and may stay for longer if they meet the exemptions. For those exemptions, please click here.