Enhanced public hospital operating theatres


Enhanced operating theatre complex at Canberra Hospital

Under an Elective Surgery Waiting List Reduction Plan the Australian Government allocated $6.6m to build three additional operating theatres in the ACT - two at Canberra Hospital and one at Calvary Hospital.

The Calvary Hospital operating theatre was officially opened in March 2009.

The Canberra Hospital theatres were officially opened in September 2009 and became operational after a period of operational commissioning.

The Facility

The Canberra Hospital Enhanced Operating Theatre Complex includes two operating theatres, two anaesthetic rooms, a pump room, a sterile supply room and a scrub area. The two new theatres - numbers 11 and 12 - complement Canberra Hospital's ten existing theatres.

Theatre 11 is a general operating theatre for procedures such as vascular surgery, bypass surgery, plastics, orthopaedics and general surgery.

Theatre 12 is a cardiac/thoracic operating theatre for procedures such as coronary artery grafts, valve replacements, aortic dissections, chest trauma, thoracotomy, lung resections and cancer surgery.

Each new theatre has allowed approximately an additional 500 procedures to be undertaken per year. This assists with revised schedules for emergency and elective surgery, with improved patient outcomes as a result of reduced delays for patients awaiting procedures.

Further information

For more information about this Health Infrastructure Program project email: HIP@act.gov.au