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 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 Townsville University 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
- Renal dialysis
Free onsite parking is available
Other health services
Community members can also access the community-controlled Palm Island Community Company, located across the road from Joyce Palmer Health Service, if they wish.
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: (07) 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.
From December 17 anyone visiting a public healthcare facility will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes public hospitals, community clinics and aged care facilities. Visitors will need to present proof of their vaccination on arrival. Do this by downloading your vaccination certificate onto the Check In Qld app, bringing your COVID vaccination card or printing a copy from your MyGov account.
This does not apply to patients. Some exemptions may apply, please speak to your local healthcare provider for more information.