Canberra’s new public hospital opened its doors to the community last Saturday (16 June) ahead of taking its first patients in July.
It was an opportunity for Canberrans to take a close look at the University of Canberra Public Hospital’s new facilities, which are designed to help patients recover from surgery, illness or injury, or experiencing mental illness.
The hospital on Aikman Drive in Bruce will fill a unique role in the ACT health system and visitors were able to meet staff and learn about the dedicated care and services that will be provided, as well as tour the therapy gyms, hydrotherapy pool, bedrooms, living spaces and day treatment areas.
ACT Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris, Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury and University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor, Deep Saini were on deck to talk to staff and visitors, who also enjoyed family-friendly activities, a sausage sizzle, and live music performed by UC student musicians.
The hospital’s new café, Brindy’s, in the foyer of the building was also open to serve visitors in need of a recharge during the day.
Local photographer Jack Mohr was on site to capture all the action.