Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit

The Acute Care of the Elderly Unit (ACE) is a 26-bed unit, based at Canberra Hospital.

The ACE team includes Geriatricians, Nurses, Allied Health staff (Dieticians, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech Pathologist and Allied Health Assistants) and a Discharge Planner.

Our services

ACE provides patients with a comprehensive multidisciplinary service to support acutely unwell older patients. The ACE Team will work with the patient, the family, carer or significant other to develop a care plan that addresses individual needs.

Eligibility criteria

  • Patients over the age of 80 with specific geriatric conditions.
  • Admission is generally by assessment through the Emergency Department of Canberra Hospital.

Referrals and bookings

Admission is mostly through the Emergency Department of Canberra hospital.  Admission may also be arranged through Geriatric consultation at the Canberra Hospital, booked admission through Geriatric Outpatient Clinic and through referrals from RADAR, if appropriate.

Contact us

If you would like more information, or to discuss the program please contact the ACE Unit Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) on 02 6244 2774.

Find us

The Acute Care for the Elderly Unit is located in the newly refurbished Ward 11A in Building 3.

For any concerns contact the Elderly Unit Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) on 02 6244 2774 during business hours (9am-5pm Monday to Friday). For after hours enquiries, please contact the team leader on 6142 7729.