In 2015, Victoria became the first state in Australia to set minimum nurse to patient ratios in public hospitals via the Safe Patient Care Act (2015)  which ensures that patients are provided the best nursing care possible.  

The table below shows the number of nurses that are in a mixed ward. A mixed ward has two different nurse to patient ratios. This information will inform our patients how many nurses they can expect to be a in mixed ward.

At The Royal Melbourne Hospital, the only ward that is a mixed ward is ward 2B / CCU, which cares for general medicine and cardiology patients.

Ward details

Ward name2B / Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
Total maximum number of occupied beds34

General medicine patients in the ward

Maximum expected number of occupied beds28
Morning shift

1 nurse to 4 patients

1 nurse in charge

Afternoon shift

1 nurse to 4 patients

1 nurse in charge

Night shift1 nurse to 8 patients

Coronary Care Unit patients in the ward

Maximum expected number of occupied beds6
Morning shift

1 nurse to 2 patients

1 nurse in charge

Afternoon shift

1 nurse to 2 patients

1 nurse in charge

Night shift1 nurse to 3 patients