UCPH Fact Sheet - March 2016

Introducing the University of Canberra Public Hospital (UCPH) – a purpose-built rehabilitation hospital which will be the first of its kind in the ACT. It will provide rehabilitation and support for people with illness or injuries or who are recovering from surgery.

What services will the UCPH provide?

The UCPH will provide tailored rehabilitation programs run by a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, to support people to live in their community. The hospital will have specially designed therapy and support spaces including gyms, kitchens and rehabilitation courtyards, as well as a hydrotherapy pool. This kind of hospital is also known as a subacute facility.

What conditions will be treated at the UCPH?

Rehabilitation treatment will be offered for neurological conditions such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barre syndrome. It will also be offered for amputations, surgery or trauma recovery, and de-conditioning and disability associated with illness.

Rehabilitation treatment will also be offered for conditions associated with ageing such as cognitive impairment, hip and other fractures, ortho-geriatric conditions and Parkinson’s Disease.

UCPH will also offer mental health rehabilitation programs to support people to build resilience and develop skills and resources for living in the community.

Why is the UCPH needed?

The UCPH is being built as part of the Health Infrastructure Program to meet the current and future health care needs of the ACT. The hospital will have a combination of admitted overnight inpatients, admitted patients in the day service as well as additional outpatient services. It will focus on helping people become more independent and supporting them to have an enhanced quality of life.

What is a day place?

A day place is a person’s place in a day service program at the UCPH. Their program of treatment and therapy might be conducted in a gym, the hydrotherapy pool, therapy areas or a combination of these.

People using the day service will be admitted to the hospital as day patients and will attend half or full day rehabilitation programs several times a week, enabling them to stay in their homes during their rehabilitation.

Where will the UCPH be built?

The UCPH will be built at the University of Canberra on the corner of Aikman and Ginninderra Drive, Bruce. The UCPH will be a teaching hospital and locating it at the University of Canberra will enhance training and research opportunities.

How will the UCPH support the work of Canberra and Calvary Hospitals?

The UCPH will ease the pressure on major hospitals such as Canberra Hospital and Calvary Hospital, allowing them to focus on acute services such as emergency, intensive care and surgery. All general rehabilitation services will move to the UCPH and will no longer be available at Canberra Hospital or Calvary Hospital.

Will UCPH have an emergency department?

As a rehabilitation hospital, the UCPH will not have an emergency department or intensive care unit. It will not provide surgery, maternity services, palliative care or psycho-geriatrics. People who need emergency care will need to attend the emergency department at either Canberra Hospital or Calvary Hospital.

When would I use the UCPH?

You may be admitted to the UCPH or visit as a day patient following surgery or an acute hospital admission. Depending on your situation, you may be stepping up from the care provided by community based services, or stepping back from using inpatient services either at UCPH or other hospitals.

How would I be referred to the UCPH?

For rehabilitation services, referrals may be initiated by clinicians in ACT public and private hospitals, medical specialists, general practitioners, interstate health care facilities or even the individual or their family.

Referrals to the Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit and Day Service may be initiated by other services within the Mental Health, Justice Health & Alcohol and Drug Services Division of ACT Health, such as a mental health community team.

Referrals can also be made by a general practitioner, an allied health practitioner or an adult mental health service specialist.

All referrals will be screened and triaged to ensure people are seen by the appropriate service.

What ages will the UCPH cater for?

The UCPH will offer rehabilitation services for adults (aged 18 years and older) and mental health services for people aged 18 to 65 years.

What is the UCPH’s relationship with the University of Canberra?

The new hospital will be located at the University of Canberra and will be a teaching hospital, continuing ACT Health’s integration of clinical and teaching environments for the benefit of current and future health care providers. Training will be offered in a state of the art facility.

This relationship will also enable collaborative research opportunities that will benefit our community and the broader health care sector, and build our health care workforce locally.

When will the UCPH open?

Construction of the hospital started in 2016 and it is expected to open in 2018.

How will I get to the UCPH?

The UCPH will be accessible by public transport. There will be a bus stop right outside the hospital and we are working with ACTION to maximise public transport services. There will also be 710 parking spaces: 250 underground, below the hospital; 60 spaces within the hospital site and a 400-space parking lot immediately next to the hospital.

Who has been involved in the design of the UCPH?

Clinicians, user groups and consumer and carer representatives have played a significant part in developing the reference design for the UCPH. ACT Health has sought input from Carers ACT, the Health Care Consumers’ Association, the Mental Health Consumers’ Network, the ACT Emergency Services Agency and ACT Health staff. The wider community also had the opportunity to provide input when the reference designs were released for public comment in March 2015.


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