Three surgeons operating on a patient.

Three surgeons operating on a patient.

15 March 2019

Planning is underway for construction of the new Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency (SPIRE) Centre.

The $500 million state-of-the-art facility will be on the north-eastern side of the Canberra Hospital campus and will boost the territory’s acute and hospital-based health care services.

Features of SPIRE

The new Centre will boost the number of operating theatres, delivering more capacity for elective and emergency surgery.

It will also have;

  • more inpatient beds and a larger intensive care unit
  • a coronary care unit for people requiring high level care for heart conditions
  • state-of-the-art surgical, procedural and imaging facilities
  • significantly expanded Emergency Department, enabling capacity for specialist emergency healthcare for women and children

The Centre will replace existing buildings and completely renew the north-eastern end of the hospital precinct.  The site will also ensure minimal disruption to critical care services, such as the Emergency Department.

Construction is expected to start in 2020 with a planned completion date set for 2023-24.

To find out about Canberra's growing Health Services visit

All Canberra

Share this article:

Subscribe to the OUR CBR newsletter

Get the latest stories in your inbox