Centenary Hospital for Women and Children
The Centenary Hospital for Women and Children is a new purpose-built facility located on the Canberra Hospital campus on Canberra's southside that brings together these ACT Health services:
- Neonatology Services
- Gynaecology and Women's Health Services
- Maternity Services
- Paediatric Services
- Women, Youth & Children Nutrition Service
This information sheet helps you access and locate areas within the Centenary Hospital.
Building cladding assessment and partial replacement – Centenary Hospital
ACT Health has recently undertaken an assessment of our buildings to check to see if any have external panels installed which are made from Polyethylene Aluminium Composite (ACP) materials.
This is in line with other ACT Government Directorates who are also checking buildings across the Territory - such as schools and government housing.
Through the independent assessment the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children was identified as having some ACP installed as part of its external cladding.
These panels are usually used as a decorative external facade. In some circumstances the panels can have a combustible core which can pose a low risk in the case of fire, such as in increasing fire spread.
The risk is low and our buildings have strong fire systems in place to protect building occupants and support safety in the case of fire.
However ACT Health has decided, as a proactive measure, to replace some panels. Not all of the panels on the Centenary Hospital are affected therefore there will not need to be a full replacement.
Staff and patient safety is our primary concern at all times, and the Canberra Hospital has well established emergency management protocols and procedures in place. ACT Health buildings are designed in a manner to ensure occupant safety in the event of a fire requiring building evacuation. This is complemented by the emergency training and planning that we undertake with our staff.
It is important to emphasise that the Centenary Hospital was constructed in accordance with the building regulations and standards at the time as is the case with all ACT Health buildings.
Further information on the timeline of works will be provided when determined.
Additional detail is in the fact sheet below: