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A whole new hospital to bypass Calvary

By johnboy - 19 October 2010 35

The ACT Government has spent millions upgrading the Catholic Church’s Calvary Hospital for public use (except for things the church doesn’t like but which are entirely legal).

Today in the Canberra Times John Thistleton reports that following the aborted buyout process the ACT Government is now looking to build a North Canberra hospital:

The ACT Government is considering building a third public hospital in Canberra’s north, possibly at Gungahlin Town Centre, or the University of Canberra.

Difficulties over the past year redeveloping the Canberra Hospital and the protracted debate over buying and refurbishing Calvary Hospital are shaping ACT Treasury and Health’s thinking on the issue.

Apparently they’re looking to have a decision by the next budget.

On the other hand this might light a fire under the Little Company of Mary’s bums about selling Calvary Hospital while it’s worth a lot more.

What’s Your opinion?


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A whole new hospital to bypass Calvary
I-filed 7:34 pm 19 Oct 10

UC would be an interesting location for a hospital indeed. UC has the worst disabled access in Canberra. Including in very new buildings, such as building 6/7 where the cleaners are locking the disabled toilets because they can’t be bothered cleaning them. And there’s virtually no signage indicating where the wheelchair bound should navigate. Such as when you pass building 1 and there are steep steps and no incline. There are whole buildings – recently built – with steep stairs and no lift (like building 1).

Golden-Alpine 7:22 pm 19 Oct 10

The Gungahlin Community Council suggested this idea awhile back. This is a great idea. There is plenty of land available to build a hospital/medical precinct. This could be properly planned and designed from scratch.

The land currently available is zoned for commercial but we really don’t need anymore commercial space in canberra. Gungahlin does need some viable employment base however to further grow.

To answer pptvb question:
“deye said :

“If they do build another one I think Gungahlin would be a better option than at UC.”

Why?
To better serve Gungahlinites only?”

As nanzan has pointed out UC is only minutes down the road from Calvary, why have 2 hospitals so close when there is another option. Gungahlin is the fastest growing area in Canberra and this hosptial/medical precinct could support Gungalhin, Belconnen and North Canberra (Watson, Downer etc.).

I think this is a fantastic idea and excited by the Government actually thinking logically for once.

Amanda Hugankis 4:18 pm 19 Oct 10

So one day … an ambulance arrives at Calvary hospital. Two nuns, Sister Catherine and Sister Helen, step out to greet the patient in the back, when they see he’s covered in tatts and has an eyebrow stud, an Alice Cooper t-shirt on, and a pentacle shaved into the side of his head.

“Quick, quick!” shouts Sister Catherine. “What shall we do?”

“Show him your cross,” says Sister Helen. “Now you’re talking,” says Sister Catherine.

She runs over to the guy on the gurney and shouts, “Get the f*** away from our hospital!”

nanzan 2:54 pm 19 Oct 10

Calvary Hospital – public and private – is only five minutes drive from the University of Canberra (maybe 10 minutes on a bus). Why is UC being considered at all as a site?

pptvb 2:39 pm 19 Oct 10

deye said :

If they do build another one I think Gungahlin would be a better option than at UC.

Why?
To better serve Gungahlinites only?

Kath 2:11 pm 19 Oct 10

It’s a bit oddly close to Calvary, but UC does have heaps of land and a lot of student nurses who’d probably like to do on-campus placements.

p1 2:10 pm 19 Oct 10

pollyanna said :

Try to buy Calvary but before they accept we discover we really own it.

I thought god owned it?

deye 1:54 pm 19 Oct 10

If they do build another one I think Gungahlin would be a better option than at UC.

pollyanna 1:26 pm 19 Oct 10

Self government is amazing.

Pre self government we have two public hospitals and Calvary.

Get self Govt. and explosively demolish one public hospital killing an innocent girl.

Decide we need a second public hospital (after all).

Try to buy Calvary but before they accept we discover we really own it.

Now: build a second public hospital (back to where we started but a billion or so down).

I dont get it but it must be fun for the toy politicians.

bean 12:48 pm 19 Oct 10

It sounds good, whatever the purpose. If it’s a negotiating tactic, it should work. If it’s for real, well it’d be good for Gungahlin surely? Good for local business, might prompt an upgrade of infrastucture? Mind you I think Belconnen would be more central for North Canberra, but maybe the land in Gunghalin is cheaper. And it has to be a good thing if we get a hospital that’s not linked to religious groups!

Thumper 12:41 pm 19 Oct 10

I reckon Katie is bluffing so that Calvary gets cold feet and sell.

p1 12:36 pm 19 Oct 10

Amanda Hugankis said :

p1 – its not going to take ten years to build a hospital!

Its going to take FIVE years to build HALF a hospital, and then when they’ve finished that, they’ll realise its not big enough, and it’ll take another five to build the other half.

🙂 You are obviously familiar with the way the ACT Council Government works.

Amanda Hugankis 12:13 pm 19 Oct 10

p1 – its not going to take ten years to build a hospital!

Its going to take FIVE years to build HALF a hospital, and then when they’ve finished that, they’ll realise its not big enough, and it’ll take another five to build the other half.

p1 11:58 am 19 Oct 10

DarkLadyWolfMother said :

I’m curious as to where we’d get the extra medical staff from, if they did build it. I thought we already had an under staffing problem.

We could train them in the ten years it would take the ACT to plan and build a whole hospital.

DarkLadyWolfMother 11:32 am 19 Oct 10

I’m curious as to where we’d get the extra medical staff from, if they did build it. I thought we already had an under staffing problem.

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