Artist's impression of proposed expansion.

The ICU expansion is one of a number of projects already underway at Canberra Hospital.

09 September 2020

Canberra Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) will grow from 31 to 39 beds through an expansion project due to begin later this year, with completion scheduled for the third quarter of 2021.

The ICU expansion is one of a number of projects already underway or for which construction will soon begin at Canberra Hospital.

The existing ICU occupies part of the third floor of Building 12 on the Canberra Hospital campus.

This project has been developed to expand the ICU to the south of the current building, over an existing service road, allowing for an adjoining but standalone eight-bed ICU, including storage as well as amenity for patients, family and staff.

The expansion will ensure people from Canberra and surrounding areas have access to lifesaving care, acute medical treatment and intensive care monitoring as the region’s population continues to grow.

It will increase critical care capacity while the design and construction of the Canberra Hospital Expansion is underway.

Funding for the ICU expansion has been provided through the Commonwealth Community Health and Hospitals Program. Additional projects included are:

  • $10 million for mental health initiatives, including a 10-bed low-dependency mental health unit at the Canberra Hospital.
  • $4.5 million to complete the build and fit-out of a new purpose-built facility at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services.
  • $1 million for a hospital discharge liaison pilot program.

The new mental health low-dependency unit at Canberra Hospital will provide an extra 10 beds through the complete refurbishment of Ward 12B.

The project is ready to begin immediately and completion is expected in mid-2021.

The Unit will reduce waiting times for mental health patients and improve access to specialised and individual interventions, reducing recovery time and length of stay in hospital.

Meanwhile, after a brief interruption to the redevelopment of the Cancer and Haematology Wards at Canberra Hospital due to the ACT’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, works on Ward 14B have restarted and are on track to be completed in 2021.

Earlier this year, the redevelopment of Ward 14A was completed as part of this $19 million project to overhaul the cancer wards. Since then, many patients have been treated in the refurbished state-of-the-art ward with its new medical equipment and expanded single rooms.

When Ward 14B is completed, the project – which includes a connecting walkway – will integrate the Cancer wing in Building 3 at Canberra Hospital and the Canberra Region Cancer Centre.

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