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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2700 ..


Canberra Hospital—intensive care unit(Question No 2511)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 17 May 2019 (redirected to the Minister for Health):

(1) When do current projections show that the current Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Canberra Hospital (TCH) will reach full capacity.

(2) When will the planned upgrade to TCH ICU be finished.

(3) When will the new ICU in the Surgical Procedures Interventional Radiology and Emergency (SPIRE) project be commissioned to service.

(4) What contingency plans has TCH made for when the current ICU reaches full capacity before the SPIRE project is commissioned to service.

(5) Is the current capacity of the ICU causing operational problems at TCH at the current time; if yes (a) what are those operational problems and (b) what measures are being employed to overcome them.

(6) When do current projections show that the current Coronary Care Unit (CCU) at TCH will reach full capacity.

(7) When will the planned upgrade to TCH CCU be commissioned to service.

(8) When will the planned new CCU as part of the SPIRE project be commissioned to service.

(9) What contingency plans has TCH made for when the CCU at TCH reaches full capacity before the SPIRE project is commissioned to service.

(10) Is the current capacity of the CCU causing operational problems at TCH at the current time; if yes (a) what are those operational problems and (b) what measures are being employed to overcome them.

(11) Why was the Government not better prepared for the growing demand on the current ICU and CCU.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Based on the current Intensive Care Unit (ICU) footprint and data projections, Canberra Hospital will reach an average monthly occupancy rate of greater than or equal to 90% occupancy during the 2022-23 financial year. This projection does not take into account measures to be put in place before 2022-23 to address ICU pressures, which include operational and infrastructure options.

(2) The expansion to the existing TCH ICU is anticipated to be completed within 24 months.

(3) Construction of the SPIRE building is anticipated to be completed in the 2023-24 financial year. Final commissioning will follow construction completion, the timing of which is subject to procurement processes.


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