Canberra Hospital Emergency Department Expansion

The Canberra Hospital Emergency Department is currently being expanded, and will remain fully operational throughout the entire duration of the works. If you have an emergency that can’t be address by your GP or a Walk-in Centre, you can still visit the Emergency Department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Latest project news

Dedicated children’s treatment areas open at Canberra Hospital emergency department

9 May 2016

The ACT’s first dedicated paediatric treatment and waiting areas at Canberra Hospital Emergency Department were today officially opened by Health Minister Simon Corbell.

The new dedicated treatment facilities have increased overall capacity in the emergency department and will improve the patient journey for Canberra’s youngest patients and their families.

“The new paediatric treatment and waiting areas will improve how we care for our younger patients by providing a separate area in the ED with six patient beds, two consultation rooms and a private sub-waiting area separate to the emergency department’s main waiting area,” Mr Corbell said. 

First phase of expanded Emergency Department set to open

21 January 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.

About the project

Construction of the new Emergency Department was launched by Minister for Health Simon Corbell  on 13 April 2015, and is expected to take 18 months. The expansion will cost $23 million, $5 million of which was provided by the Australian Government for the specialty Paediatric Streaming Function.

Once completed, the upgrades to the Emergency Department will include 21 new treatment spaces, 1000 square metres of floor space, more ambulance bays, and a better layout and leading to an improved patient flow.

The expansion is increasing patient treatment spaces by 30%. Delivering an extra 1000 square metres of floor area, there will be a total of three[np1]  more ambulance bays and 21 additional treatment spaces, including:

  • up to nine more acute beds for patients with severe conditions
  • three more beds or cubicles for patients with less severe problems
  • three more beds in the Emergency Medicine Unit, which provides care for short-term patients
  • two designated paediatric consultation rooms
  • two more resuscitation bays
  • a new Mental Health Short Stay Unit, with two more beds.

Further information can be found within the Frequently Asked Questions flyer.

Further Information

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