ED-ICU Extension at Canberra Hospital
Funding was allocated in the Commonwealth 2010-11 Budget for Emergency Department (ED) works in the Territory. Funds were split equally across Canberra and Calvary hospitals ($3.9 million each). Calvary Hospital managed their refurbishment autonomously. That work was completed in December 2012.
In addition to the Commonwealth funding for the ED works, the project at Canberra Hospital was expanded to also include an extension to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The ICU component of the project was funded by the Health Infrastructure Program. Combining the two projects at Canberra Hospital created synergies in project management.
The construction was carefully planned to minimise any disruption to the ED and ICU. The project was officially opened on Thursday, 26 September 2013.
The ED-ICU project involved a three-storey extension to Building 12 at Canberra Hospital. The extension is located at the rear of the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department, towards Yamba Drive. The project involved an expansion of ICU on Level 3, an expansion of ED on Level 2, and the addition of storage and plant facilities on Level 1. The construction also included alterations to the ICU balcony on Level 3.
This extension provides increased bed capacity over the coming years in both the ED and ICU and will allow the hospital to meet increasing demand for health care as our population continues to grow and as that population continues to age.
The project delivered a net gain of eight additional treatment spaces in the ED and seven in the ICU.
The additional treatment spaces allow patients to move more quickly into the ED from the waiting area, while additional capacity in ICU will enable us to increase capacity over coming years as demand increases.
For more information about this Health Infrastructure Program project email: HIP@act.gov.au