The ACT Government has announced a $90.3m expansion of the Canberra Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to deliver a better Emergency Department and more emergency surgery capacity.

Completion of the expansion of the ICU is scheduled for late 2021 and will provide increased access to lifesaving care, acute medical treatment and intensive care monitoring as the Canberra region’s population continues to grow.

The funding will:

  • Operationalise the additional four beds in the Intensive Care Unit in a staged way to 2023-24.  Further beds will be opened if required as part of the ACT Government response to COVID-19.
  • Support an expansion of the Emergency Medical Unit (EMU) to 18 treatment spaces, as well as the introduction of a new Acute Medical Unit (AMU) and increasing the health workforce. The AMU will enable patients with multiple medical issues to be admitted more quickly and efficiently from the Emergency Department and have their care plans commenced by a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Provide for a medical navigator, a highly skilled nurse who works with the senior medical team to ensure patients are cared for in the right Emergency Department location and to support the admission process and facilitate transfer to the right inpatient ward.
  • Deliver an additional 1,920 emergency surgery theatre hours per year and eight surgical beds to improve surgical outcomes for patients. Over recent years, there has been a rapid growth in demand for emergency surgery. Increasing funded emergency surgery capacity will improve timely care for Canberrans who need emergency care and reduce the need to postpone elective surgery.

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