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 Royal Melbourne Hospital’s (RMH) Safe Patient Care Ratios are listed below, inclusive of the 10 March 2021 update. The next Safe Patient Care Act (2015) update comes into effect 1 July 2021.

RMH City Campus

Emergency department

Additional to current specified ratios
Afternoon shift1 nurse per 1 resuscitation bed
Night shift1 nurse per 1 resuscitation bed

A mixed ward has two different nurse to patient ratios. This information will inform as to how many nurses can be expected to be a mixed ward.

RMH have a number of mixed wards within the service which include:

2B / 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

RMH Royal Park campus

Geriatric Evaluation Management (GEM) and the Rehabilitation Ward

Current maximum occupied beds allocated to GEM15
Morning shift

1 nurse to 5 patients (GEM)

1 nurse to 4 patients (Secure GEM)

1 nurse in charge

Afternoon shift

1 nurse to 6 patients (GEM)

1 nurse to 4 patients (Secure GEM)

1 nurse in charge

Night shift

1 nurse to 8 patients GEM

1 nurse in charge

Rehabilitation Ward

Maximum occupied beds within Rehabilitation ward40
Current maximum occupied beds allocated to Rehabilitation ward25
Morning shift

1 nurse to 5 patients

1 nurse in charge

Afternoon shift

1 nurse to 5

1 nurse in charge

Night shift

1 nurse to 8 patients

1 nurse in charge