While you’re in hospital

Our facilities are available to you and your family and friends. Please see the information below on our specific services:

Clinical support services

The University of Canberra Hospital (UCH) is a designated rehabilitation hospital with clinical support services provided for patients of UCH only.

Inpatients who require medical imaging are transferred off site for procedures such as x-rays and video fluoroscopy.

Pathology collection takes place in inpatient units or the pathology collection area. This collection is for UCH patients only. All pathology specimens are transported to the Canberra Hospital for analysis.

There is no public pharmacy at UCH. Pharmaceutical services provide an onward service of medication to both inpatients and day patients.

Meal services

Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit

Meal planning and preparation is a core life skill that enables people to live well in their own home. People who are admitted to the AMHRU will be encouraged to plan and prepare their own meals in order to develop or maintain skills in this area.

However, we know that people will come to the AMHRU with varying abilities and functional capacity and therefore each person will access tailored rehabilitation, skills training and support that responds to their functional strengths and needs. On occasion, people may be unable to participate in meal preparation; in these cases alternative meal arrangements will be made with UCH food services.

Rehabilitation inpatient units

Hospital meals are generally self-select from the Bain Marie in the dining room of each ward. Any special or modified dietary requirements are catered for. Family, nursing staff and nutrition technicians can help you if you are unable to choose your own meal.

We expect all patients to eat in the dining room. Nursing and speech pathologist may need to supervise you if you have swallowing difficulties or are on a modified diet.

Please see the information below for meal times.

Namadgi and Cotter Units

  • breakfast – 7:45am
  • lunch – 12 midday
  • dinner – 6pm

Stromlo and Majura Units

  • breakfast – 8:15am
  • lunch – 12:30 midday
  • dinner – 5:30pm

Your support people may bring in food on a daily basis. It must be labelled with your name, date and be the correct consistency for your diet.

A café is also available for snacks and light meals.

Food options for family and friends

We have various options for meals and refreshments within the hospital.

Food and drink vending machines are located in an alcove off the main foyer, adjacent to the main reception.

A water bubbler is available near the vending machines for public use.

A café is also located near the main reception for drinks, snacks and light meals.

Mail

Mail can be addressed directly to you using the following address:

University of Canberra Hospital
“Ward Name”
20 Guraguma Street,
Bruce ACT 2617

Amenities

Laundry

A washing machine and dryer are available for you to use. Your family can also help you with your washing. Nursing staff are not responsible for washing your clothes.

Parenting room

A parenting room is located on Level 1 near the café. The provides changing and hand washing facilities, a microwave and a chair for feeding.

Public telephone

A public telephone is located in an alcove off the main hospital foyer, adjacent to the main reception.

Public toilets

Public toilets are available on Level 1 at the entry to the Majura Unit and behind Pathology. They are also available on Level 2 near the entry to the Cotter Unit.

Toilets in day therapy areas and Hydrotherapy are also open to the public.

Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are available for use on the hospital grounds by patients and visitors. They are located main entry, just inside the main doors on the right.

Spiritual support services

We respect and recognise your religious traditions or belief system through various resources that support your personal and spiritual wellbeing.

Our multifaith space is located near the Pathology Collection Centre off the southern corridor. You can access the courtyard off this room.

Two courtyards are available to the public. They are located off the main foyer and off the corridor leading to Mental Health services.

A Meditation Circle is also off the corridor to Mental Health services and is clearly sign posted.

The Mount Ainslie Lounge is available as a shared space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Veterans. The lounge provides a relaxing space and tea and coffee making facilities. You can also access information on the Veterans Liaison Nurse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison service through the lounge.