Bank of Queensland opens States only bank in a hospital


Bank of Queensland reinforced its strong support for local communities today when it opened a new branch at Herston in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

 

This significant event means Bank of Queensland is the only financial institution to have a full-service branch in a Queensland hospital.

 

The residents and business owners in Herston and the staff at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital have gone without their own bank since the last major bank closed its doors just over three years ago.

 

Premier Peter Beattie, who officially opened the branch in his Brisbane Central electorate, welcomed the expansion of banking services in the inner city.

"Opening a bank branch in a hospital is a smart move by the Bank of Queensland.

 

“It offers convenience for the tens of thousands of Queenslanders who visit the Royal Brisbane every year, and for the staff who work long shifts and difficult hours and need quick and easy support from a local branch.

 

"It’s pleasing to see a bank going against trends and opening branches. I congratulate the Bank of Queensland for having the foresight to open a branch at the RBH," he said.

 

Bank of Queensland Managing Director David Liddy endorsed Premier Beattie’s comments, saying Bank of Queensland is committed to providing branches to metropolitan, regional and rural areas throughout Queensland.

 

“We have supported the communities of the inner-city suburbs of Paddington and Windsor by opening branches in the area since October last year and we will be opening a branch at New Farm in two weeks,” Mr Liddy said.

 

“Our presence at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital will bring face-to-face personal and business banking facilities into the area – something we have achieved in 25 communities over the past 18 months where we have opened new branches.

 

“We are providing genuine community banks without any cost to the local community,” Mr Liddy said.

 

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital branch owner-managers Tracey Murrin and Sharon Ryan are excited about bringing banking back to an area that has been starved of banking facilities.

 

“We are looking forward to offering superior customer service and convenience for our customers and building strong and lasting relationships with the community,” Ms Murrin said.

 

The branch is located on Level 1 in the Ned Hanlon Building on Butterfield Street.