Canberra Coronavirus Field Hospital

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Coronavirus Field Hospital
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The location of the hospital
General information
StatusIn operation
Type Field hospital
ClassificationHospital
Address123 Kitchner Street, Garran, ACT, Australia
Town or cityCanberra
CountryAustralia
Coordinates 35°20′35″S149°06′07″E / 35.34305°S 149.1018914°E / -35.34305; 149.1018914 Coordinates: 35°20′35″S149°06′07″E / 35.34305°S 149.1018914°E / -35.34305; 149.1018914
Elevation603 metres
Groundbreaking9 April 2020
Estimated completionMay 2020
Opened21 May 2020
CostA$23 million
Owner ACT Government
Design and construction
Main contractor Aspen Medical

The Canberra Coronavirus Field Hospital is a temporary hospital in Canberra, Australia created in preparation of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. [1] The hospital was constructed by Aspen Medical, [2] a Canberra-based company specialising in temporary hospital construction, [3] and is located on Garran Oval to the northeast of the existing Canberra Hospital campus. [4]

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History

The project was announced on 9 April 2020. [5] At that time 84 patients in Canberra had been diagnosed with COVID-19, 9 of whom were in hospital. [6] Construction began that day [7] [8] and was expected to cost A$23 million. [9] On 21 May 2020, the hospital was opened after only 37 days of construction. [10] [11] Shortly after, on 24 May 2020, ACT health authorities announced the hospital would likely remain unused due to the successful prevention of a major outbreak in the territory. [12] This would also bring the cost of the project down to A$14 million. [13] [14] On 14 February 2021, the ACT Government announced that the hospital, referred to as the "Garran Surge Centre", would be Canberra's vaccination hub for the Pfizer vaccine. [15]

Staff and facility

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Coronavirus Field Hospital in June 2020

The facility will be staffed by 200 medical professionals, and will add 44 beds [16] and six resuscitation bays [17] to Canberra's medical system, making it a major part of the ACT Government's efforts to triple intensive care capacity from 50 to 170 beds. [18] Additionally, infrastructure like power, water, sewerage, and covered walkways connecting it to the Canberra Hospital are to be constructed for the facility. [17]

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