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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2701 ..


(4) Canberra Health Services (CHS) manages periods of high demand in the ICU by utilising additional appropriate treatment spaces in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit. Additionally, CHS and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce work closely together to manage ICU demand. This can include the transfer of patients between hospitals where clinically safe to do so. In addition, CHS is in the process of developing an ICU escalation policy to address periods of high demand.

(5) As noted in response to Question 4, the current capacity of the Canberra Hospital ICU is managed within current resourcing across the Territory.

(6) Current projections for CCU demand at Canberra Hospital are not anticipated to exceed existing physical capacity ahead of the completion of the SPIRE centre in the 2023-24 financial year.

(7) There are no current plans to upgrade the existing CCU, however, a new CCU and Cardiac Catheter Suite are included in plans for the SPIRE Centre to be completed in the 2023-24 financial year.

(8) Please see answer to question 3.

(9) CHS manages periods of high demand in the CCU by utilising Territory Wide Services.

For the past three years CHS have undertaken a “treat and return service” for Calvary Public Hospital CCU patients, which has worked well to reduce the pressure on beds in the CCU and to reduce delay for the percutaneous coronary intervention management of patients at Calvary Public Hospital CCU.

Private patients in CCU are often transferred to the adjacent private hospital.

A Cardiologist has introduced day procedures for low-risk angiograms and stenting to limit the number of patients who require an overnight bed in CCU. These patients are cared for in the Catheter Laboratory Day Ward prior to discharge.

Cardiac Rehabilitation and Heart Failure nurses facilitate discharge planning to enable CCU discharges early in the morning.

(10) As noted in response to Q9, the current capacity of the CHS CCU is managed within current resourcing across the Territory.

(11) The Government has provided a capital investment of $525 million in health infrastructure over the past three years. Over the next five years we will invest almost $1 billion in new and improved healthcare infrastructure across Canberra. This will ensure our hospitals and community health centres can keep providing quality care that’s accessible when it’s needed – wherever people live across this city. We are meeting the health care needs of Canberrans today and preparing for the future needs of our rapidly growing city.


Health—bulk-billing(Question No 2512)

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


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