Garran oval becomes temporary virus ED

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A MULTI-million dollar temporary coronavirus emergency department will be built on Garran oval to prepare for the “worst” virus scenario, says Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith. 

Adjacent to Canberra Hospital, the $23 million ED will prepare for an increased demand in the health care system, says Ms Stephen-Smith.

The government and Aspen Medical will commence site investigation for the temporary ED over the coming days to inform final design and site layout. Construction will begin shortly after, says the government.

Ms Stephen-Smith says: “Though the designs aren’t yet finalised, we are moving as quickly as possible to plan, design and deliver this new facility, and ensure we are well-equipped to cope with the anticipated increased demand on our health care system.”

“In moving ahead quickly on this project, the government is planning for the worst scenario whilst hoping for the best outcome for our community,” she says.

“We anticipate the temporary facility will be operational in May. As further detail is finalised, we will keep the community informed about the model of care and the operation of the facility, including who should use it and when.”

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