First phase of expanded Emergency Department set to open

Released 21/01/2016

The first phase of the $23 million Emergency Department expansion at Canberra Hospital is set to begin operation in the coming weeks, Minister for Health Simon Corbell announced today.

The $10m first phase of the expanded Emergency Department includes five additional beds for the Emergency Department’s new Mental Health Short Stay Unit and Emergency Medicine Unit.

“Mental health is an increasingly significant issue within our health system, which is why we are investing in a targeted expansion of our Emergency Department to improve how we care for people who present to emergency with mental illnesses,” Mr Corbell said.

The new Mental Health Short Stay Unit, which is set to begin operations on January 27, will now have six new private patient bedrooms with staff nearby, an overall increase of two beds.

“This expansion will ensure Canberra Hospital’s Emergency Department has the capacity to deliver targeted and timely clinical services needed now and into the future,” Mr Corbell said.

The new Emergency Medicine Unit, which is set to begin operations on February 3, will now have 12 new treatment spaces, each with new televisions and modern facilities to make patients more comfortable during their stay, an increase of three beds.

This unit provides ongoing management and care for patients requiring assessment, short stay admission and discharge from the Emergency Department within a 24-hour period.

With the first stage complete, construction of the $5 million paediatric streaming function will begin in February. The paediatric streaming function will have a separate waiting area and two dedicated paediatric consultation rooms for children and adolescents.

The works are being carried out in stages to ensure important functions of the hospital can continue uninterrupted and new areas can begin operating as soon as they are complete.

The Canberra Hospital Emergency Department will receive an extra 1000 square metres of floor space, and a 30% increase in patient treatment spaces, taking the total number of treatment spaces in emergency from 54 to 75 when it is completed in late 2016.

The Canberra Hospital Emergency Department expansion is part of the ACT Government’s $909 million Health Infrastructure Program, which is investing in Canberra’s health by changing how and where patients are cared for.

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