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Staffing – Nurse/Midwife to patient ratios – 2020

South Gippsland Hospital provides inpatient care in a 16 bed acute mixed ward, most weeks of the year. From 22 September 2020, the mixed ward capacity will be reduced to 10 beds, for a period of 8 weeks.
We provide care for patients who need to stay overnight and for those requiring treatment on a day-stay only basis:
• with medical and surgical conditions (up to 12 allocated beds)
• within the Transition Care Program (2 allocated beds)
• to birth their baby within our Level 3 Maternity Service capabilities (1 birthing suite), and
• requiring postnatal care (after the birth of their baby) (1 allocated bed)

In compliance with the Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Amendment Act 2019 (the Act), we roster nurses according to the following ratios:
Morning Shift (7.00am – 3.30pm)
1 nurse: 6 patients for general medical/surgical/TCP patients
1 midwife: 4 patients for postnatal maternity care
1 midwife: 1 patient for intrapartum maternity care (active labour)

Afternoon Shift (2.30pm – 11.00pm)
1 nurse: 7 for general medical/surgical/TCP patients
1 midwife: 4 patients for postnatal maternity care
1 midwife: 1 patient for intrapartum maternity care (active labour)

Night Shift (10.45pm – 7.15am)
1 nurse: 10 patients for general medical/surgical/TCP patients
1 midwife: 6 patients for postnatal maternity care
1 midwife: 1 patient for intrapartum maternity care (active labour)

This staffing includes cover for each of the clinical areas listed above as required to comply with Level 4 hospital staff ratios.
There is an on-call arrangement to ensure compliance with the Act at all times.
Based on analysis of occupancy for the period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020, the expected occupancy of the acute mixed ward is 51% (of a 16 bed ward) for the period 1 September 2020 to 31 March 2021.
Please note that for the period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020, 92% of the acute mixed ward was occupied by general medical/surgical patients, with the remaining 8% being occupied by maternity patients.

Updated 8 October 2020