26 September 2023

Hospital kicks off special virus ED

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A new temporary Emergency Department to deal with Canberra’s COVID-19 patients is to be built on Garran Oval, opposite Canberra Hospital.

Minister for Health, Rachel Stephen-Smith announced the location saying it had been chosen to mitigate any interruptions to the operation of the Hospital during the Coronavirus crisis.

“It provides flexibility for the facility to have adequate area available for logistics and essential equipment servicing the facility,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

She said the facility would be fully self-sufficient, with public and staff car parking and amenities.

“We have been consulting with representatives from the World Health Organisation, as well as local and other international clinical experts as we work through the early designs,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

“Though the designs aren’t yet finalised, we are moving as quickly as possible to plan, design and deliver this new facility, and ensure we are well-equipped to cope with the anticipated increased demand on our health care system.”

She said it was anticipated the facility would open in May.

“In moving ahead quickly on this project, the government is planning for the worst scenario whilst hoping for the best outcome for our community,” the Minister said.

“We will continue to take decisive action during these uncertain times to make sure we’re as ahead of the game as we can be,” she said.

“As further detail is finalised, we will keep the community informed about the model of care and the operation of the facility, including who should use it and when.”

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