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Staffing – Nurse/Midwife to patient ratios – 2021

South Gippsland Hospital provides inpatient care in a 16 bed mixed ward. At times, during staffing challenges, the ward is reduced to 10 beds.

The ward provides 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 (2 allocated beds)

In compliance with the Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Amendment Act 2020 (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)

Plus 1 nurse in charge

The unique ratio for our mixed ward on an AM shift is 1 : 5.06

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)

Plus 1 nurse in charge

The unique ratio for our mixed ward on an PM shift is 1 : 6.43

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)

The unique ratio for our mixed ward on an ND shift is 1 : 9.25

 

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 July 2020 to 30 December 2020, the expected occupancy of the acute mixed ward is 53% (of a 16 bed ward) for the period 1 March 2021 to 31 August 2021.
Please note that for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 December 2020, 93% of the acute mixed ward was occupied by general medical/surgical patients/TCP patients, with the remaining 7% being occupied by maternity patients.

 

Updated 8 February 2021