About Emergency

ED nurse pushing patient in trolley

The Emergency Department is prepared for any type of disaster in the ACT and Southern NSW, and provides staff and equipment to the site if required.

Canberra Hospital is responsible for the training of medical students, junior doctors and specialists to further develop their skills.

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Disaster support and planning

The Emergency Department is prepared for any type of disaster in the ACT and Southern NSW, and provides staff and equipment to the site if required.

The ED regularly conducts exercises involving other Emergency Services to prepare for such events.

Following the Thredbo landslide disaster, Canberra Hospital sent a team of doctors and nurses to the site to provide assistance to the NSW Emergency services.

In addition, Canberra Hospital also made itself ready to receive any victims of the tragedy.

Cardiac arrest team

As well as providing life saving treatment to patients in the Emergency Department, we also provide immediate resuscitation facilities to all the ground floor areas of the hospital, its grounds and car parks.

Special mobile resuscitation trolleys have been equipped and staff are always ready to respond to any life threatening situation in these areas.

Security

As part of our service we frequently care for patients who may be disturbed, under the influence of drugs or alcohol or in police custody. Whilst the vast majority of patients are well behaved, a small percentage may become violent and require restraint to prevent them from harming themselves or others.

The Hospital has a full time security service should this be required. If you are concerned about the behaviour of any patient or relative in your area, please convey your concerns to the nearest staff member.

Contact us

You can contact the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department on (02) 6244 2222 24 hours a day, seven days a week.