Safe Patient Care Act

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Mixed Wards at Bass Coast Health

Bass Coast Health provides inpatient care in several wards and departments. Nurses and Midwives are essential to ensuring quality and safe care. At BCH our Nursing and Midwifery ratios within all our wards comply with the minimum staffing levels as per the Safe Patient Care Act. BCH will provide additional staff or roster above the ratios, when it is deemed a requirement to provide safe and quality care. BCH Mixed wards and the number of birthing suites is nominated below.

Acute care:

Bass Coast Health provides inpatient care in our Acute ward for -

  • Patients who need to stay overnight with medical and surgical conditions.

  • Patients requiring Palliative inpatient care are cared for in the Acute ward.

Name of the mixed ward: Acute ward

The total number of occupied beds: 20

The different ratios that apply in Armitage House (Note: Armitage House is undergoing renovation and the sub-acute program setting is in Sleeman Ward until October/November 2022)

Acute medical and surgical

Morning Shift (7.00 am – 3.30 pm) 1 nurse: 6 patients plus 1 nurse as EFT 300 provision.  One nurse in charge

Afternoon Shift (1.30 pm – 10.00 pm) 1 nurse: 7 patients. One nurse in charge

Night Shift (9.30 pm – 7.30 am) 1 nurse: 10 patients.

The expected number of occupied beds in medical/surgical=19

Palliative Care

Morning Shift (7.00 am – 3.30 pm) 1 nurse: 4 patients

Afternoon Shift (1.30 pm – 10.00 pm) 1 nurse: 4 patients

Night Shift (9.30 pm – 7.30 am) 1 nurse: 6 patients.

The expected number of occupied beds in Palliative care =1 One nurse in charge.

Maternity Services:

Bass Coast Health provides Maternity care for:

• Women and their babies requiring antenatal or postnatal care (before and after the birth of their baby)

• Women who are delivering their baby following a low-risk pregnancy

Name of the mixed ward

Maternity Unit

The total number of occupied beds

2 Ante/post natal plus 1 Birthing Suite

The different ratios that apply in the Maternity Unit:

Ante/post Natal

Morning Shift (7.00 am – 3.30 pm) 1 midwife to 4 patients

Afternoon Shift (1.30 pm – 10.00 pm) 1 midwife to  4 patients

Night Shift (9.30 pm – 7.30 am) 1 midwife to  6 patients

The expected number of occupied beds in Ante/Post Natal =2

Birthing Suite

 Staffed as per Safe Patient care Act section 31- 2 for all shifts

The expected number of occupied Birthing suites - 1

 

February 2022