Calvary Public Hospital Bruce ED Expansion

Calvary Emergency Department

Expansion of the Emergency Department (ED) at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is currently underway and is expected to be completed in mid 2020. The ED will remain operational during the construction period and services at the hospital will continue to be available.

The expansion of the ED is a $6.7 million capital works project from the 2018-19 ACT Budget, which is increasing the overall treatment spaces in Calvary’s ED by 50 per cent – boosting hospital emergency services on the northside of Canberra.

The expansion is being completed in stages and will:

  • deliver 22 additional treatment spaces, bringing the total to 61,
  • feature a redesigned and larger Fast Track stream and an expanded Short Stay Unit to help with patient flow through the ED, and
  • enhance waiting areas to make people more comfortable before and during their stay.

The expansion will also result in more than 40 additional doctors, nurses, administration and other health professionals joining the Calvary ED team over the next two years, with around 23 of these new positions in the ED in 2019-20.

Almost 60,000 people present to the Calvary ED every year, with more than 149,000 emergency presentations across the Territory in 2018-19.

Construction timeline


September 2019

Commencement of construction

December 2019

Completion of Short Stay Unit – 8 additional beds increasing the unit from 11 to 19

March 2020

Completion of Fast Track stream – 14 additional treatment spaces

Mid 2020

Completion of ED expansion – increasing overall treatment spaces by 50%

Page last updated on: 11 Aug 2020