Canberra Hospital Emergency Department update

The Emergency Department at Canberra Hospital has returned to full operations.

Interim repairs were completed on Thursday and the area has been operational since Thursday afternoon. There is a possibility further minor repairs will be required and this is currently being assessed.

We would like to thank the community for their patience yesterday while the interim repair work in the affected area was undertaken.

Alternative treatment options for people non-life or limb threatening injuries and/or illnesses to consider remain available. These include:

  • Community Pharmacist – your local pharmacist is qualified to give you expert advice on many health issues;
  • healthdirect – call 24 hours a day seven days a week on 1800 022 222 for free expert advice and reassurance;
  • Walk-in-Centres – for one-off treatment of minor illness and injuries for those over the age of two, see a specialist nurse seven days a week. Walk-in Centres are located in the Belconnen and Tuggeranong Community Health Centres and are open from 7.30am to 10pm daily;
  • General Practitioners – for ongoing comprehensive health care for everyone, including those with acute problems, children under two years and those who have complex medical problems, your GP is your best option;
  • CALMS – 1300 422 567, the call centre is open weeknights from 6pm and all day weekends and public holidays, with CALMS clinics open from 8pm; and
  • National Home Doctor Service – 137425, from 6pm weeknights to 12pm on Saturday and all day Sunday and public holidays. All National Home Doctor Service after hours GP home visits are bulk billed.

People who are seriously ill with a genuine medical emergency, should always call 000 or seek treatment through their closest ED. For Northside residents this includes the Calvary Public Hospital ED, and for Jerrabomberra and Queanbeyan residents, this includes the Queanbeyan Hospital ED.

 

Statement ends

Published date: 

Friday, July 20, 2018