Canberra Hospital

The Canberra Hospital is the largest public hospital in our region. We provide care to more than 500,000 people through a range of services that include acute inpatient and day services, outpatient services, women’s and children’s services, paediatrics and pathology.

Welcome to Canberra Hospital.

Latest news - Thursday 4 June 2020

Visitor restrictions – changes to take effect from Thursday 4 June 2020

Arrangements have changed for people visiting patients at Canberra’s health facilities. This notice updates the restrictions that were made in March of 2020.

The new visitor arrangements are as follows:

  • Up to two visitors per patient per day as long as there is only one visitor at any one time.
  • Admitted children aged 17 and under may have one parent or carer present at all times, with an additional visitor able to join them for up to one hour a day.
  • Women admitted for care related to birthing may have up to two support persons present. This arrangement needs to be pre-planned with relevant midwifery and obstetric staff during antenatal care.

The visitor policy will continue to be applied with compassion and common sense.

Compassionate exceptions to the visitor policy will continue to be determined on a case by case basis. These decisions will be made in consultation with the relevant clinical staff.

It is important to remember that social distancing principles still apply to all visiting the hospital.

Visitors must not enter if they:

  • are unwell with a sudden loss of taste or smell, a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath;
  • have been overseas or on a cruise ship in the last 14 days; or
  • have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days.

We also encourage visitors to contact their loved ones by calling them directly, instead of visiting. Wherever possible do not bring children with you and use the hand sanitiser when you enter the building.

Canberra Hospital Campus Map - COVID-19

Visitors will continue to be screened before they can access our premises and will not be permitted entry if they answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Do you currently have sudden loss of smell or taste, a fever, sore throat or runny nose?
  • Have you returned from overseas or a cruise ship in the last 14 days?
  • Have you been in close contact in the last 14 days with anyone who has confirmed COVID-19?

Patients attending an outpatient clinic have been asked not to bring anyone unless absolutely necessary. If patients do need to bring someone, they are asked to limit this to one person.

Visitors are asked not to bring children to Canberra Hospital where possible.


Latest news - 28 May

Elective surgery update

The ACT has resumed elective surgery across the Territory in a careful and staged approach. This approach is in line with Federal Government’s announcement earlier in May that national restrictions on elective surgery have been lifted.

While we will continue to conduct more elective surgeries, we need to remain mindful of preserving our Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) supplies. This is to ensure we can protect staff and patients should we experience an outbreak of COVID-19 in the ACT.

Hospitals across the ACT are now planning how to address the backlog that was caused by the restrictions. A long-standing, strong partnership between public and private hospitals in the ACT has enabled us to continue some additional public elective surgery work in private hospitals during the pandemic.

We are assessing patients for surgery on a clinical needs basis. If your condition changes or you would like to be reassessed, please make an appointment to see your GP or your surgeon.

If you have any concerns or questions you can contact our Elective Surgery Information Hotline on 02 5124 9889.


Latest news - Thursday 9 April 2020

Visitor restrictions

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to keep patients and staff safe, we will be limiting the number of visitors to all sites.
General visiting is limited to:

  • one visitor per patient allowed on site per day.

Visitors must not enter if they:

  • are unwell with a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath,
  • have been overseas or on a cruise ship in the last 14 days, or
  • have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days.

We also encourage visitors to contact their loved ones by calling them directly, wherever possible do not bring children with you and please visit a hand hygiene station upon entering.

Canberra Hospital Campus Map - COVID-19

Visitors will now be screened before they can access our premises and will not be permitted entry if they answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Do you currently have a fever, sore throat or runny nose?
  • Have you returned from overseas or a cruise ship in the last 14 days?
  • Have you been in close contact in the last 14 days with anyone who has confirmed COVID-19?

Patients are asked to limit their number of visitors to one person on site per day. Patients attending an outpatient clinic have been asked not to bring anyone unless absolutely necessary. If patients do need to bring someone, they are asked to limit this to one person. 

Visitors are asked not to bring children to Canberra Hospital where possible.


Latest news - Wednesday 25 March 2020

Canberra Health Services (CHS) are reducing non-urgent and non-essential outpatient and community activity to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and decrease demand on our health system. This will ensure our services are well resourced and staffed to respond to the pandemic.

  • elective surgeries
  • community based services
  • medical outpatients, procedures and treatments.

CHS are contacting patients whose appointments or treatments are affected. No patient will lose their spot on the wait list as a result of these actions.

If you have not been contacted, please attend as planned. If you wish to cancel your appointment, please call Central Health Intake (5124 9977) or use the on-line cancellation form at https://bit.ly/3abpSSl.

If attending a CHS location, please come alone unless you need someone to help you. Do not come:

  • if you have been overseas in the last 14 days or you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • if you have symptoms including fever, cough, cold, flu or diarrhoea.

Elective Surgeries

All patients on the elective surgery waitlist are being clinically reviewed to ensure the most urgent surgery is prioritised.

Patients whose elective surgery has been confirmed and booked will be contacted individually and advised. These patients will remain on the elective surgery waitlist.

These are very difficult decisions to make and we know there are many Canberrans who will be impacted.

This is an overwhelming time for people, particularly those with health concerns. We thank the community for their understanding and patience during this challenging period.

The Canberra Hospital (TCH) is the largest public hospital in our region. We provide care to more than 500,000 people through a range of services that include acute inpatient and day services, outpatient services, women’s and children’s services, paediatrics and pathology.

Our visiting hours are from 6am to 9pm daily.

Please see the Emergency Department for information about our emergency services.

You can contact our switchboard on (02) 5124 0000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call +61 2 5124 0000 for international calls.

Address

Canberra Hospital
Yamba Drive
Garran ACT 2605

Postal Address

PO Box 11
Woden ACT 2606

Free WIFI

Canberra Health Services offers free WIFI to patients and visitors. You can access the network by connecting to ‘HEALTHfree’ on your mobile device.

Please contact Shared Services on (02) 6207 8999 for assistance.

A smoke-free environment

Canberra Health Services is a smoke-free environment. This includes the Canberra Hospital campus.

Please see the map below for smoke-free zones across the hospital campus and surrounds. The red highlighted areas must remain smoke-free.

Canberra Hospital smoke free map
Street Address
Yamba Dr, Garran ACT 2605
Page last updated on: 4 Jun 2020