A prisoner accused of going on the run after he was bailed to attend his sick daughter's medical appointment has briefly faced a Canberra court.

Nathan Kerry Reid appeared before the ACT Magistrates Court charged with being unlawfully at large.

Reid, of Monash, was on remand in Canberra jail when he on Tuesday last week applied to the ACT Supreme Court for bail to go to Sydney to attend a medical appointment at Westmead Children's Hospital with his daughter.

Despite opposition by the prosecution, Justice Richard Refshauge granted Reid three-days leave for the mercy dash.

The accused's release was granted on four conditions, including that he return to the Alexander Maconochie Centre by Friday night.

But the 27-year-old instead allegedly went on the run.

Reid remained at large until police arrested him in Gordon early on Thursday morning.

Magistrate David Mossop remanded Reid to reappear in April.