Construction starts on University of Canberra Public Hospital


The first sod has been turned on the University of Canberra Public Hospital site, officially beginning the construction phase of the project.

The hospital, which is part of the Health Infrastructure Program, will be the ACT’s first specialist sub-acute hospital. This means it will be focused entirely on services such as rehabilitation and mental health care and supporting people who may be managing ongoing health conditions or recovering from surgery.

With a combination of 140 admitted overnight beds and 75 admitted day service places as well as extensive, purpose built ambulatory areas and outpatient services, the University of Canberra Public Hospital will be a new and innovative approach to health care in the ACT. It will introduce new ways of delivering health care services, allowing people to find the way that works best for them. For example, the admitted day service places will give people the opportunity to complete their rehabilitation while staying in their own home, avoiding a lengthy hospital stay.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2018, with the hospital receiving its first patients that year.

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