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Update five – Switchboard incident at The Canberra Hospital – service update

The Canberra Hospital has now returned to business as usual operations.

The Emergency Department is fully functional and the Canberra Hospital phone switchboard is also operational. Hospital Road, which runs through The Canberra Hospital campus reopened early this afternoon.

All elective surgery and outpatient services will be reinstated tomorrow (Friday 7 April). Appointments booked for tomorrow will proceed as planned.

ACT Health is contacting patients whose surgery or appointments were affected today to ensure they have a rescheduled appointment at the earliest opportunity.

ACT Health thank patients and the community for their understanding during this incident.

It is expected that TCH Switch will remain busy during the next 24/hrs and appreciate your patience if you experience delays.

Update two – House fire in Monash

The fire has now been extinguished.

Crews will remain on scene to continue mopping-up and checking for hot spots.

The cause of the blaze is unknown, but initial estimates put the damage bill at around $350,000.

Update – House fire in Monash

The roof of the home has partially collapsed and crews are continuing work to extinguish the blaze.

A primary search has indicates the property was unoccupied when the fire started and nobody is believed to have been injured.

ACT Fire & Rescue has three pumpers, breathing apparatus support and a commander at the scene.

House fire in Monash

Fire crews are battling a house fire this afternoon in Monash.

ACT Fire & Rescue was alerted to the incident at 1:37pm.

Firefighters arrived to find the property fully engulfed in flames.

Update to follow.

Hazard reduction burns: health advice

Controlled hazard reduction burns are occurring around the ACT today. Smoke particles can aggravate existing lung conditions, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma as well as some cardiac conditions. Symptoms can occur for several days after exposure, so people with the above conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment programs.

If you have asthma or a lung condition and you develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, follow your personal Asthma or COPD Plan.

Please be mindful that the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department is currently only seeing trauma, paediatric trauma and birthing related emergencies, so please go to Calvary Hospital if you require immediate treatment or attention, otherwise call 000.

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