Building new cancer wards at Canberra Hospital

Canberra cancer and haematology inpatients will receive treatment in completely refurbished surroundings as a result of a $17.3 million redevelopment of wards 14A and 14B in Building 3 at Canberra Hospital.

The refurbishment of Ward 14A is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2019 and Ward 14B in the first half of 2020.

The redevelopment will include the roll-out of new medical equipment and furnishings.

There will be more single bed rooms to support patient privacy, infection control and recovery, and daybeds in patient rooms to enable family members to be more involved.

The redevelopment will also feature additional positive pressure environments to reduce the risk of infection to immune-suppressed patients. These rooms are designed so that air flows out rather than in, keeping airborne bacteria away.

Upgrades to the Clinical Trials Service area will allow it to add additional Phase 1 Clinical trials to its existing program of Clinical Trials.

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What is the Project?

This $17.3 million project will expand and improve local health facilities by completely refurbishing oncology inpatient facilities at Canberra Hospital to deliver better patient care and comfort for oncology patients.  This funding has been provided under the Better care when you need it – Improved Infrastructure for acute aged care and cancer patient’s appropriation.

What is involved in the project?

The Haematology Inpatient Unit provides an important inpatient service for patients 16 years or older with blood borne cancers and non-malignant haematological disease. Patients may be acutely unwell and susceptible to life threatening infections, requiring complex inpatient multidisciplinary care.

The service currently provides autologous bone marrow transplants, where a patient’s bone marrow is harvested prior to treatment then their own cells are returned to their body after treatment. 

The project will completely refurbish the haematology unit which will be located in Ward 14A (22 beds). The refurbished ward will expand the service to include allogeneic transplants, where stem cells from a matched donor are transplanted when a patient’s condition has damaged their bone marrow cells.  Currently patients are not able to receive this treatment in Canberra.

The Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology Inpatient Unit provides assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with cancer.  The project will completely refurbish the inpatient setting for Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology Service patients and will be located in Ward 14B (28 beds).

The Clinical Trials Service develops new interventions over a number of phases. In the early phases, the new intervention is tested in a small number of patients to assess safety and effectiveness. If the intervention is promising, it may move to later phases of testing where the number of participants is increased to collect more information on effectiveness and possible side effects.

The project will expand the Clinical Trials Service to include Phase 1 trials located in Ward 14B (4 beds).

What are the project stages?

  • Stage 1a: Internal demolition and asbestos removal of existing Ward 14A.
  • Stage 1b: Refit Ward 14A (Haematology), including:
  • a positive pressure environment to reduce the risk of infection to immune-suppressed patients
  • an increased number of single rooms to support patient privacy, infection control and recovery
  • daybeds in patient rooms to enable to family members to be more involved
  • dining room to provide positive socialisation
  • relocate patients from existing Ward 14B to the new Ward 14A
  • Stage 1c: New plantroom to supply essential building services.
  • Stage 1d: New Link Bridge connecting the Canberra Regional Cancer Centre (Building 19) with the main corridors (in Building 3).
  • Stage 2: Refurbish Ward 14B (Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology Service).
  • Relocate patients from Ward 4A into new Ward 14B

What is the anticipated construction schedule?

  • Preliminary Sketch Plans completed in Aug 2018.
  • Early demolition works for 14A completed in Oct 2018.
  • The refurbishment of Ward 14A is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2019 and Ward 14B in the first half of 2020.

Where can I get more information?

Further information on the project is available at www.health.act.gov.au or by contacting the project team at IMM@act.gov.au

Page last updated on: 1 Mar 2019