Surgical Assessment and Planning Unit


The Surgical Assessment and Planning Unit

The Surgical Assessment and Planning Unit is located on Level 2 of Building 12 at Canberra Hospital, in a refurbished area previously occupied by the Medical Records Department.

This 16-bed unit opened in October 2010. It enables surgical patients presenting to Canberra Hospital to be quickly transferred to a specialist surgical assessment unit where they can be comprehensively assessed by health care professionals from multiple disciplines prior to surgery.

Patients are cared for by medical and nursing staff dedicated to the unit on a 24 hour, 7 day a week basis. Patients also have access to allied health services such as physiotherapy, occupational health and social work.

The new unit was purpose built to provide an environment that is functional, safe and comfortable for staff, patients and their carers. It was designed to ensure that the facilities are patient and carer focussed with good layout, amenities, flows and visibility. It integrates up-to-date information and e-health technologies and is able to meet future need.

The unit caters for adults (over 16 years) in a stable condition who:

  • may remain in the unit for up to 48 hours and
  • have an unclear surgical diagnosis or
  • the surgical intervention required is unclear or
  • the surgical speciality required is not clear or
  • medical fitness for surgery in a surgical patient is unclear.

Further information

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