CANCER and haematology inpatients can now receive treatment in a new 22-bed ward at the Canberra Hospital after it opened today (February 17).
Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith says the new ward, 14A, includes new medical equipment, more single bedrooms and day beds in each room for loved ones to stay if required. There’s also a new dining room, providing a space for patients and their families to spend time together and encourages patients to eat, which can be a struggle for some patients during their treatment.
The ward features additional positive pressure environments to reduce the risk of infection to immune-suppressed patients, too, Ms Stephen-Smith says. These rooms are designed so that air flows out rather than in, keeping airborne bacteria away.
A full refurbishment of a second Cancer Ward (14B), is due for completion in the second half of 2020, Ms Stephen-Smith says.
Elective surgery, other than category one and urgent category two cases, will be suspended, and some hospital patients will be moved, to help prepare Canberra hospitals for the coronavirus pandemic, says Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith.