Calvary Public Hospital
Large metropolitan hospital with an emergency department
Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is conveniently located in north-west Canberra. Our main campus in Bruce provides acute care public health and hospital services for all people in need, and is well placed to serve the communities of North Canberra, Belconnen and Gungahlin.
Bruce, ACT 2617
PO Box 254, Jamison Centre ACT 2614
Phone: 02 6201 6111
Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is a public hospital located in Bruce, Australian Capital Territory serving the northern suburbs of Canberra. It is classified as a secondary care facility. The hospital is operated by Calvary Health Care ACT, a not-for-profit venture of Little Company of Mary Health Care (LCMHC) on behalf of the ACT Government and is integrated into the Territory's public healthcare system. Calvary was established in 1979. It is a teaching hospital affiliated with the Australian Catholic University, Australian National University and University of Canberra. The Calvary Private Hospital and Hyson Green Mental Health Clinic are co-located on the site and share many facilities with the public hospital.
Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is located in the northern suburbs of Canberra, ACT. Spread over two campuses, we serve the communities of North Canberra, Belconnen and the Gungahlin precinct and surrounding areas of the ACT and NSW.
The Bruce campus offers acute and sub-acute services, while the Barton campus is home to the Clare Holland House Hospice, the 19 bed inpatient unit, a Specialist Community Palliative Care Service and the Calvary Centre for Palliative Care Research.
Our model of care sees multidisciplinary teams work collaboratively to provide a high quality of patient care to our 256 bed hospital and associated community and ambulatory care services.
We offer an extensive range of medical, surgical and maternity services. Our Emergency Department is open 24 hours per day, every day of the year, seeing in excess of 56,000 presentations a year. Suitable patients may receive medical care in their home or other residential setting through Calvary’s Hospital in the Home program.
Calvary Public Hospital Bruce Executive Team
Dr John Merchant, a/g General Manager, 6201 6101
Frances Brown, Director of Mission, 6201 6106
Professor Frank Bowden, Director of Clinical Services – Medical, 6201 6592
Kerrie Hayes, a/g Director of Clinical Services – Nursing & Midwifery, 6201 6160
Karen Caldwell, Director of Clinical Governance, 6201 6818
Judi Childs, a/g Director of People & Organisational Development, 6264 7239
Catherine Shadbolt, a/g Chief Financial Officer, 6201 6204
Services and Clinics
At Calvary Public Hospital Bruce we offer a high standard of patient care to the communities of Canberra, as well as a comprehensive range of health services.
We appreciate there are times when you may need emotional or cultural support during your treatment. Our Aboriginal Liaison Service and Pastoral Care Team are ready to assist.
Clinics, Surgery and Specialist Centres
Calvary reinvests in a range of Specialty Service Centres to meet the needs of our local communities.
Clare Holland House Palliative care
Intensive Care Unit (High Dependency Unit)
Mental Health Services
Specialist Outpatient Clinic Services
Surgery and Day Surgery Services
Women’s Health Unit
Care and Support Services
At Calvary Public Hospital Bruce we care about your physical, spiritual and emotional needs. These support services are available to our patients as part of our commitment to holistic care.
Home Care Services
Nutrition and Dietetic Services
Social Work and Psychology
Tests and Diagnostic Services
Diagnostic services cover a range of scans, x-rays and laboratory tests used by Specialists to determine the cause of an illness.
At Calvary Public Hospital Bruce we offer the following range of diagnostic services.
We work hard to continually improve access to the most advanced cancer treatment technology and the care we provide through our cancer services at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce. Our treatments follow recommendations from the nation’s leading cancer researchers.
Cancer Care services at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce include:
- Cancer related surgery
- Medical Oncology Consultation
- Clinical Haematology Consultation
- Zita Mary Clinic day unit for chemotherapy patients
- ACT Specialist Breast Care Nurses Team
- Lymphoedema Clinic and specialist support services
Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is a part of the ACT Health Cancer Services and Support Network.
Our expert team work with you to decide the best course of treatment and care and the most suitable setting for your treatment. Your treatment plan may require you to attend the Canberra Region Cancer Centre at the Canberra Hospital for some of the services you require.
Cancer Care services at Canberra Region Cancer Centre
If you need to attend the Canberra Region Cancer Centre the Calvary care team will make your appointments and provide you with instructions and advice. We will also assist if you need to take any medical information or records with you.
Specialist Breast Care Services
The Specialist Breast Care Nurses Team provides care in a range of settings for breast cancer patients at all stages of their diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
ACT Breast Care Nurses (BCN’s) are registered nurses who specialise in the care of patients with breast cancer, providing support and information to patients and their family during treatment.
A medical referral is not required.
BCN’s are a member of the multidisciplinary team caring for breast cancer patients. The team includes: surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, radiation therapists, geneticists, pathologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, social workers, specialist nurses and your GP. The BCN will assist in your care throughout treatment as part of this team.
Wednesday Drop-in-clinic: no appointment required for a one-to-one consult with a BCN to discuss your diagnosis, treatment, wound management, side effects from treatment, or psychosocial concerns.
When: Wednesdays (most weeks) from 12-4pm in the Outpatient Clinic area, Lewisham Building, Calvary Hospital Bruce. Please call 6201 6943 prior to coming to confirm the clinic is available.
Other organisations that provide wonderful emotional and personal support for Breast cancer patients and their family are listed at the Brochures and links tab on the right hand side of this page.
Calvary Public Hospital manages the ACT-wide Lymphoedema Service, providing a coordinated model of service delivery across the continuum of care – from hospital to community-based care, palliative and home-based care.
Referral by GP, another hospital, specialist or healthcare provider
Level 2, Xavier Building
Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
02 6201 6645
For medical emergencies, please call 000 for Ambulance assistance.
At Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, our Emergency Department is always open to help you with any acute illness and injury, and medical emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including all public holidays.
We appreciate that medical problems and unexpected events occur anytime and it may not be possible for you to access your usual care and treatment. We are always happy to see and assist you in these stressful times.
Anyone experiencing any of the following symptoms should attend the Emergency Department immediately:
- Breathing difficulties
- Heart attack symptoms (pain, pressure, heaviness or tightness in your; jaw, neck, shoulder(s), chest, back, arm(s))
- Stroke symptoms (Face, Arms, Speech, Time)
- Major accident
- Sudden collapse
- Uncontrollable bleeding
- Injury limiting normal function
- Pain which is not relieved by regular analgesia / pain relief medications
All patients are assessed on arrival and sorted / triaged into levels of severity and urgency, with the most severe and urgent cases being seen by our clinical team first. Depending on the severity of your medical emergency and the workload of the ED, you may have to wait for treatment. There are no appointments in a public emergency department. People are not seen in order of arrival.
Surgery and Day Surgery Services
Calvary Public Hospital Bruce undertakes planned (elective) and unplanned (emergency) surgical procedures.
Many surgical procedures are now undertaken in a day surgery setting, meaning patients are admitted and discharged in a single day.
Surgical specialties at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce include:
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- General Surgery
- Obstetrics & Gynaecology
- Oral & Maxillary Surgery
- Plastic Surgery
The GP Liaison Unit(GPLU) provides support to GPs, patients and their relatives. The GPLU is a resource for information relating to GPs. The GPLU aims to improve service/communication and aid in service/communication gaps for GPs. The GPLU will provide clinical support to GPs where needed.
At Calvary Public Hospital Bruce we understand that having visitors is an important part of ensuring the well-being and recovery of our patients.
General visiting hours
Visiting hours at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce are from 10am – 8pm with a rest period between 1pm – 3pm.
Maternity visiting hours
Visiting hours for our Maternity ward are from 8am – 9pm with a rest period between 12.30pm – 3pm.
At particular times during a patient’s stay, it may be appropriate for a family member, close friend or carer to stay overnight. Please discuss this with the Clinical Nurse Consultant or Clinical Midwife Consultant leading the patient’s care team.
Parking and transport
Travelling to and from Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is easy for patients, visitors, staff and volunteers. Our hospital is located close to public transport facilities and has ample parking.
Patient and Visitor Parking is available on levels 1, 2 and 3 of the multi-storey car park on Mary Potter.
There’s no charge and the car park is open 24 hours a day.
Parking is also available in the open car park opposite the main entry to Calvary Public Hospital Bruce.
Short-term parking is available outside the Marian Building and the Emergency Department.
Parking conditions and time limits are enforced across the campus.