By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit – ACT Health
Elective surgeries have been cancelled and the Emergency Department is affected at Canberra Hospital, after a switchboard caught fire on Wednesday night, causing power outages.
Up to 60 people from building five had to be relocated as a precaution, while several others from buildings two and three had to be moved to other areas within the hospital.
Power has since been restored.
Hospital Road, which runs through the hospital campus remains closed, with traffic management plans in place.
Access to the National Capital Private Hospital is permitted for staff and patients.
All outpatient clinic and elective surgery appointments for Thursday have been postponed.
At the Canberra Region Cancer Centre, chemotherapy patients aren’t affected, but radiation therapy and consultation clinics have also been postponed.
Maternity Services, Walk-In Centres, Community Health Centres and other after-hours health services remain fully operational.
The Emergency Department is still open for major trauma, but locals self-presenting for emergency care are being encouraged to go to Calvary Hospital.
Meanwhile, anyone who needs to contact a loved one at Canberra Hospital, is urged to call their mobile phones, and delay visits if possible.
Throughout the day, the community can keep updated on affected hospital services via the ACT ESA website.