State of Alert: rural and remote areas in south and west of the ACT
A State of Alert is in place for rural and remote areas in the south and the west of the ACT. Information on what this means, what you need to do, support available and government service changes can be found on the Emergency Services Agency website.
Expansion of the Emergency Department (ED) at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is currently underway and is expected to be completed in late March 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 three 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.
Commencement of construction
Completion of Short Stay Unit – 8 additional beds increasing the unit from 11 to 19
Late January 2020
Completion of Fast Track stream – 14 additional treatment spaces
Late March 2020
Completion of ED expansion – increasing overall treatment spaces by 50%