Nursing Staff Ratios

TMHS provides care in a ‘Mixed Ward’. That is, 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
• participating in the Transition Care Program (x 1 allocated bed)
• requiring antenatal or postnatal care (before and after the birth of their baby) (x 1 bed), and booked to deliver their baby following a low-risk pregnancy (1 birthing suite);

In compliance with the Safe Patient Care (Nurse to Patient and Midwife to Patient Ratios) Amendment Act 2019, we roster nurses according to the following ratios:

Morning Shift (7.00 am – 3.30 pm) 1 nurse: 6 patients
Afternoon Shift (2.30 pm – 10.30 pm) 1 nurse: 7 patients
Night Shift (10.30 pm – 7.15 am) 1 nurse: 10 patients

This staffing includes cover for each of the clinical specialities listed above as required to comply with Level 4 hospital staff ratios.

Based on analysis of occupancy for the year 2018, the expected occupancy of the Acute Mixed Ward is 39%.

Our Birthing Suite/Maternity Service is staffed by a Midwife. One Midwife is rostered on duty / on-call 24/7.

TMHS also has a 15 bed High Level Residential Aged Care Facility (Mt View)
Nursing Ratios:

Morning Shift (7.00 am – 3.30 pm) 1 nurse: 7 consumers
Afternoon Shift (2.30 pm – 10.30 pm) 1 nurse: 10 consumers
Night Shift (10.30 pm – 7.15 am) 1 nurse: 15 consumers.