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required, and the patient can be reassured that no further action is necessary. Some subspecialty conditions outside the scope of current service in the ACT are referred to other tertiary centres most commonly the Sydney Eye Hospital. Being a small jurisdiction, the ACT is unable to create the critical clinical patient load to make some subspecialty services viable.

(12) Referrals, transport assistance where applicable, follow-up appointments where appropriate and co-shared care, as requested.

(13) The Eye Clinic is a tertiary level service which provides urgent eye assessment and treatment, as well as review of patients with potential eye problems from the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department, or referred by community optometrists, GPs, and private ophthalmologists.

In addition it provides subspecialty clinics for non-urgent eye disorders management including:-

Corneal transplant


Macular degeneration



Complex paediatric ophthalmology assessment

Retinopathy of prematurity

Traumatic eye injury assessment and management.

Where applicable patients are returned to community-based care via GPs, Optometrists, or private ophthalmologists. Some disorders require ongoing management and treatment at the Eye Clinic. The Eye Clinic is configured to provide such care in an ongoing manner for its clinical scope of chronic eye conditions. This is particularly the case in macular degeneration, neuro-ophthalmology, uveitis, and retinopathy of prematurity.

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children—paediatric medical ward
(Question No 1890)

Mrs Dunne: asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 26 October 2018:

Has the paediatric medical ward at The Centenary Hospital for Women and Children been closed or otherwise in less than full-use operability since 1 July 2018; if so, (a) why, (b) during what period(s), (c) what is being done to return it to full-use operability, (d) what is it costing to return it to full-use operability, (e) when will it return to full-use operability, (f) what temporary arrangements are in place to care for and treat patients and (g) what is being done to ensure the safety and security of patients while the temporary arrangements are in place.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(a) Yes. The Paediatric Medical Ward has been at less than full use capacity since two bedrooms were impacted by water leaks identified on 3 August 2018.

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