Canterbury Hospital Emergency Department Expansion

There'll be some exciting changes over the coming months at Canterbury Hospital as we expand the Emergency Department.

When complete, the $6.5 million dollar upgrade include:

  • A new entrance to the Emergency Department

  • A new purpose built paediatric area which will include new treatment spaces, resuscitation area, specialist isolation area and amenities for our young patients and their families

  • Updates to existing areas including the Waiting Room, Triage Area, ED Short Stay Unit and Fast Track.

  • A new medical records department will be built to allow room for the Emergency Department redesign.

The changes are being made to support staff in our Emergency Department and across Canterbury Hospital who provide care for more than 45,000 patients every year, with 11,500 presentations for children and their families.

Important information about accessing the Hospital during the works period:

To expand our Emergency Department our community will notice some changes to the Emergency Department Entrance, patient drop off areas and the main driveway.

The Emergency Department will remain open through the Expansion Project. Access to the Emergency Department will be through the main entrance of the Hospital. Parking and patient drop off for the Emergency Department will be via the short-term parking located at the front entrance.

Our staff will continue to provide excellent care to our patients, their families and loved ones during the works period.

When the works will happen:

The Canterbury Hospital Emergency Expansion Project will begin in April with works expected to take around twelve months.

How you can find out what's happening:

Throughout the build we will be providing updates via this website.

Works notices will also be available at the Hospital's reception area.

If you have any concerns or would like more information please contact the General Manager on 9787 0151.

September 2019 Update

As of September 2019, works for the expansion of Canterbury Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) continues to progress well. All enabling works have been completed, including preliminary demolition, installation of drainage and pier installation. The ground, first floor and walkway slab have been poured and first-floor structural steel is currently being installed to create the ‘shell’ of the new paediatric space. Site engineers are now preparing to create the ‘shell’ of the second floor which is being created to enable the relocation of the hospital’s Medical Records Department.

December 2019 Update

As of December 2019, all concrete slabs for the first floor, second floor, walkway and fire stairs have now been completed. The structural steel for the first floor is complete with the second floor and walkway currently underway. Brickwork will soon commence for the new structure. Whilst some minor delays have limited progress to date, the first-floor area for the new paediatric ED is expected to be completed by April 2020. Works throughout the existing areas of the ED are expected to be completed by June 2020.