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Canberra Hospital running over optimal capacity

By 3 September 2014

This is not exactly news to anyone who either works in the public health system in Canberra, or utilises it as a patient, but this is a fairly well-presented and succinct summary via ABC News this week:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-31/canberra-hospital-close-to-capacity/5708962

Superstructure for the Super Sized

By 2 September 2014

I took part in a panel discussion Friday on Channel 9 Mornings where one of the topics that provoked a strong reaction was the decision by Canberra Hospital to include reinforced ceilings strong enough to support the super obese in their special harnesses to help them get around in the four fully equipped bariatric rooms.
Chief [...]

New Canberra Region Cancer Centre opens

By 6 August 2014

Canberrans and residents from the surrounding region undergoing specialised cancer treatment will now benefit from a streamlined cancer centre, based at the Canberra Hospital, that will combine several elements of cancer treatment including screening, treatment and palliative options in a new state-of-the-art building.
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher today joined Senator Zed Seselja, [...]

World Record Attempt at the Canberra Hospital

By 1 August 2014

Hello all,
I would like to tell you about a fun fundraiser that is occurring on 19th, 20th and 21st of August in the foyer of the the Canberra Hospital starting at 8am and finishing on the Thursday at 10am.
I with lots of help from others we will be attempting to gain the World Record for [...]

$34 million injection to Canberra Hospital

By 26 May 2014

The ACT government will invest an additional $34 million into elective surgeries with hopes of halving the wait list within a year, according to The Canberra Times.
The funding will include $250,000 for bariatric surgery, which will be the first stand-alone public funding of the procedure, used in the battle against obesity.
The $34 million is the [...]

Firefighters investigating smell of gas at TCH

By 14 May 2014

Firefighters are currently investing a smell of gas on level two at The Canberra Hospital.
ACT Fire & Rescue has evacuated the building as a precaution.
UPDATE – 12.40pm
Three fire pumpers, the Hazardous Materials unit, the Bronto Skylift Hydraulic Platform and two commanders are on scene.
Crews are still investigating with the Pathology building, building number 10 only [...]

Paths for Yamba Drive

By 2 January 2014

They completed this link just before xmas. It goes under Melrose and links the footbridge (that they proposed not replacing!) with path that I assume links up further on. Congrats Gasman.
From the base work, and the colour difference, it will fork when the pitch n putt is developed.

Katy gets satisfaction

By 5 December 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is drawing attention to the ACT Healthcare Patient Satisfaction Survey:
“The latest satisfaction survey shows that the ACT does have a health care system that the Canberra community is generally satisfied with and I am pleased to see that the latest results are showing anincrease with satisfaction when compared to the last survey [...]

Chaotic capers at Canberra Hospital. Shame they cost a life

By 19 November 2013

There’s an ABC story up about the inquest into the death of Suki Thurairajah who went to Canberra Hospital for dialysis and didn’t make it out alive.
First year registrar Clare Thomsett put an air tube down the wrong hole while working unassisted:
Today the doctor who incorrectly inserted the tube, first-year anaesthetics registrar Clare Thomsett, [...]

Health Directorate comes out swinging on waiting times

By 14 November 2013

I’m not sure what kicked it off but for a departmental media release Health’s latest effort is unusually fiesty:
“Contrary to the allegations made today about waiting lists for elective surgery, at the end of October 2013 the number of people waiting with extended waiting times is the lowest on record at 618, down from 922 [...]

Medical wait times unacceptable.

By 30 October 2013

Over the past few months I have been experiencing bouts of extreme fatigue and recently dizziness. I have had huge problems trying to get that diagnosed. On an APS2 wage I can’t afford to pay to see a doctor. I finally managed to get in to see a doctor at Winnunga who did a whole [...]

Health statistics so ugly the Chief Minister has nothing to say

By 18 October 2013

Normally when there are health statistics out the Chief Minister’s office can cherry pick something that is either good or improving.
Today they’re silent while the Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson takes the free kick:
The ACT continues to flounder as the worst in the country on emergency department waiting times according to the latest figures from the [...]

Bugger the ED, just look at the elective surgeries!

By 4 October 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is making sure we all know that elective surgery waiting times are improving in Canberra:
A new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report shows record levels of elective surgery operations performed and significant improvements in elective surgery waiting times in the ACT during 2012-2013.
Released today, the Australian hospital statistics 2012-13, [...]

More beds at the hospital

By 26 September 2013

Chief MInister Gallagher has proudly announced the expansion of the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit at Canberra Hospital:
Capacity in the Canberra Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has received a boost following the opening of a new three storey extension to existing clinical space by Chief Minister and Minister for Health, [...]

Health turns 100

By 24 September 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is celebrating 100 years of health services in the ACT:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA today marked 100 years of healthcare in the ACT and celebrated the 40th birthday of the Canberra Hospital.
“Our healthcare system has come a long way from humble beginnings back in 1913 when Canberra [...]

The Luton Ball kicks in $84k

By 26 August 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is letting the world know the big end of town have opened their wallets for the Canberra Hospital Foundation:
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, has today accepted a cheque worth $84,000 for the Canberra Hospital Foundation raised at the recent Luton Charity Ball and will be used to help buy new medical equipment at [...]

There’s always time for lubricant!

By 19 August 2013

I was considering letting this one through to the keeper but Nik The Pig has prevailed upon me.
The Canberra Times is having a field day with the trials of a 70 year old man who put a fork where it shouldn’t have been.
The fork was not visible but doctors were able to feel it from [...]

Respite for the leccy leechers at Canberra Hospital

By 19 August 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has a nod to modernity in the form of Chargebars going in across Canberra Hospital thanks to Dry July:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today welcomed the addition of mobile phone Chargebars across several areas of Canberra Hospital.
The mobile phone Chargebars were installed as a result of donations from Dry [...]

Influenza causing problems for Canberra hospitals

By 15 August 2013

A spike in influenza cases is causing problems for Canberra’s two hospital emergency departments, reports ABC News.
“The flu is a little bit later this year than usual and we’ve just seen the number increase over the last couple of weeks,” said ACT Health director-general Dr Peggy Brown.
Dr Brown is urging people with minor ailments to [...]

Paths for Yamba Drive

By 13 August 2013

Shane Rattenbury has announced new paths around the hospital:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that the contract has been awarded to construct a shared path along Yamba Drive between the Canberra Hospital and Yarra Glen intersection to improve access and safety for pedestrians.
“Work will commence in September to build [...]

Old lady on a zimmer frame missing from Canberra Hospital – FOUND

By 12 August 2013

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance in locating an 85-year-old woman who has been missing since early this morning (Monday, August 12).
Thelma Jamieson was last seen about 7.30am at The Canberra Hospital. Thelma has dementia and walks with the assistance of a wheelie frame.
She was last seen wearing a blue dressing gown and purple [...]

Jeremy Hanson blows a raspberry at Katy Gallagher over waiting times

By 7 August 2013

Jeremy Hanson has collected what he obviously believes is a large enough pile of mud pies and has started throwing them, asking for a performance audit into Emergency Department waiting times in an effort to get Katy back for not sharing her sooper dooper
“A review of the Nurse-led Walk-in Centre at the Canberra Hospital found [...]

Hanson gloats about walk in centre problems

By 24 July 2013

A report from the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute has highlighted several flaws in the design, and day to day operations of the nurse-led walk-in centre.
The goal, as stated by the ACT Government was to reduce pressure on the emergency department at Canberra hospital.
Sadly, the research indicates it may have made things worse for [...]

Some good looking health statistics. If you believe them

By 13 June 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is celebrating her elective surgery statistics:
A new report has found that the ACT was the only Australian jurisdiction to meet all nine targets for delivery of elective surgery and has made progress on meeting national benchmarks for emergency service delivery, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, said today.
The results are [...]

Wifi for the Hospital

By 10 June 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced a trial of free wifi in Canberra hospital:
A new trial of free public wifi at The Canberra Hospital has started which aims to make the stay of patients and their families a little bit easier, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, said today.
The trial will include free public [...]

ANU “bullying” students out of interstate internships

By 22 May 2013

ANU Medical School graduates are usually guaranteed a first round offer to intern at the Canberra Hospital, however as of this month a new policy will deny them that if they choose to also apply for positions interstate. Outside of the ACT, graduates with multiple offers are given two days to make a decision.
The students [...]

Budget goodies for Canberra in the budget.

By 14 May 2013

Taking a browse through Budget Paper 2 we find:
For the Hospital:
The Government will contribute $5.0 million to the Australian Capital Territory in 2014-15 towards the development of a dedicated service for children within the Emergency Department of the Canberra Hospital. This will help streamline and better coordinate paediatric emergency and inpatient services for around 15,000 [...]

Nothing good happening with the Emergency Department

By 13 May 2013

Normally when there’s hospital data out the Chief Minister can be relied on to put a rosy spin on even the worst numbers.
Today there has been curious silence.
Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson on the other hand has lots to say:
ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson said today that the emergency department waiting times over the past three [...]

Hospital planning? Who the hell knows?

By 15 March 2013

The ABC has the strange news from Assembly committee hearings that Chief Minister Gallagher is wrestling with where to build health infrastructure costing nigh on a billion dollars as she tries to decide whether Canberra Hospital needs a new tower block:
She says she will make a final decision before the budget in June on [...]

Asbestos scare from level 8 of Canberra Hospital

By 7 March 2013

The Health Directorate have posted a remarkable warning:
ACT Health is today advising staff, patients and visitors who visited levels 7 and 9 of the main tower block at Canberra Hospital yesterday about the detection of airborne fibres following recent air monitoring.
It is important to note that the steps that the hospital is taking are [...]

I can see why this might be confusing

By 27 February 2013

Keiran sent us this little image.
Thought this might interest not under bad parking but an absolute cracker visiting Dad at Canberra Hospital.

IT problems causing delays for Canberra Hospital

By 27 February 2013

Canberra Hospital and Health Services Deputy Director-General, Ian Thompson has warned Canberrans that technical issues are causing delays for non-urgent cases at Canberra Hospital.
“Work is currently under way to resolve these issues, but it is not clear when the work will be complete,” Mr Thompson said,
“Patients who present to the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department [...]

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