Nurse to Patient Ratios

Great Nurse to Patient Ratios

GORH provides care in a ‘Mixed Ward’ at both our Lorne and Apollo Bay campus.

That is, we provide care for patients with acute conditions requiring short hospital stays and for people requiring respite and permanent aged care.

HOW IT WORKS

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:

Apollo Bay campus

Morning Shift (7.00 am – 3.30 pm)  1 nurse: 6 patients

Afternoon Shift (1.00 pm – 9.30 pm) 1 nurse: 7 patients

Night Shift (9.15 pm – 7.15 am)  1 nurse: 11 patients

Mixed Ward Ratios

Name of the mixed ward Apollo Bay
The total number of beds 21
Ratios that apply:  
Level 4 Acute Ward Aged Care
Morning 1 nurse to 6 patients Morning 1 nurse to 7 residents
Afternoon 1 Nurse to 6 patients Afternoon 1 nurse to 8 residents
Night 1 nurse to 10 patients Night 1 nurse to 15 residents
Expected Occupancy Acute =1 Aged Care =14
Unique ratio:  
Morning 1 nurse to 6.8
Afternoon 1 nurse to 7.8
Night 1 nurse to 13.8
Lorne campus

Morning Shift (7.30 am – 4pm)  1 nurse: 6 patients

Afternoon Shift (2.30 pm – 11 pm) 1 nurse: 7 patients

Night Shift (9.45 pm – 7.45 am)  1 nurse: 11 patients

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

Based on analysis of occupancy for the year 2023, the expected occupancy of the Mixed Wards is less than 50% for each site.

Mixed Ward Ratios

Name of the mixed ward Lorne
The total number of beds 24
Ratios that apply:  
Level 4 Acute Ward Aged Care
Morning 1 nurse to 6 patients Morning 1 nurse to 7 residents
Afternoon 1 Nurse to 6 patients Afternoon 1 nurse to 8 residents
Night 1 nurse to 10 patients Night 1 nurse to 15 residents
Expected Occupancy Acute     1       Aged Care 13
Unique ratio  
Morning 1 nurse to 6.8
Afternoon 1 nurse to 7.8
Night 1 nurse to 13.8

This information was updated on February 2024