Emergency Department

Your Health Options


Please consider if your situation is a genuine emergency before coming to the Emergency Department (ED).

The ED has several different treatment areas that include:

  • Resuscitation – where the most seriously ill patients are treated
  • Acute – where patients with severe or potentially severe conditions are treated
  • Cubicles – where patients with less acute problems are treated
  • Paediatrics – where small children are treated

Our priority is to always provide treatment to people who are seriously ill, in pain or are suffering.

Please call 000 in an emergency.

You can also call Canberra Hospital on 02 5124 0000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

University of Canberra Hospital does not have an emergency department. 
If you need emergency care call 000 or go directly to your nearest emergency department at Calvary Public Hospital in Bruce or Canberra Hospital in Garran.

After hours alternatives

Please see the information below for assistance with non-emergency conditions after hours.

If you need medical help for a condition that is not immediately life threatening, there are a range of services that don’t involve a trip to the emergency department. Many of these are free and available after hours. Knowing where to go can save you time and keep the emergency free for those who need it.

healthdirect Australia

healthdirect Australia gives you easy access to advice, information and after-hours pharmacy and dental services in your local area.

Please call 1800 022 222 or 02 6207 7777 to speak with a registered nurse.


CALMS is Canberra’s after-hours GP service offering appointments with a doctor at a surgery or in your home.

Please call 1300 4 CALMS (22 567) for help.

GPs available after hours

​​​​​​You can find an after hours GP near you by using Find a Health Service.

Walk-in Centres

Our Walk-in Centres are led by a team of highly skilled advanced practice nurses and nurse practitioners with extensive experience in treating people with minor injuries and illnesses. They are open from 7.30am until 10pm, every day of the year. Treatment is free and no appointments are necessary. Children under 2 years and those with complex health conditions should see their GP.

Page last updated on: 10 Jul 2020