Major investments in hospital and health care infrastructure

A nurse with a young child at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. A nurse with a young child at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

Expansions and improvements are in the works for the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, Calvary Hospital’s Emergency Department and Mental Health Services, Clare Holland House and the Winnunga Nimmityjah health facility.

These infrastructure projects are in addition to development underway in the lead-up to the opening later this year of the new Weston Creek Walk-in Centre and of the Inner North Walk-in Centre at Dickson in 2020.

Planning and design has already begun for the expansion of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children at Woden, with construction due to start in the first half of 2020.

The project will provide new high quality and accessible health services in maternity, paediatric and neonatal care, a new gynaecology service, and a new adolescent mental health inpatient facility and day service. It will also strengthen support for clinicians with modern teaching, training and research facilities to be integrated into their clinical work.

At Calvary Public Hospital in Bruce, upgrades to the Emergency Department will provide more short-stay capacity and additional treatment areas for patients. The work will improve the streaming of patients who come to the hospital for emergency treatment, with the expansion to be complete by the busy winter flu season next year.

The refurbishment of Calvary’s Mental Health Services, which will finish later this year, will provide better patient accommodation and common and relaxations areas. This upgrade will also provide improved clinical areas such as interview and assessment rooms.

A major expansion of the Clare Holland House hospice in Barton will boost palliative care services in the ACT as the community grows.

It will increase the number of specialist inpatient palliative care beds and provide more features to enable patients to enjoy the company of loved ones, family and friends.

A new government-funded health facility at Winnunga Nimmityjah in Narrabundah will offer better health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Canberra and surrounding regions.

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