Tasmania Minister for Health Michael Ferguson
New Beds Easing Pressure At RHH
Victor P Taffa
A new $7 Million 22-bed ward at the Hobart Repatriation Hospital is part of the Hodgman Government’s plan to free up more capacity for acute and emergency cases at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Minister for Health Michael Ferguson said.
“New 22-bed ward opened 2 months ago and provides more appropriate care for longer staying patients in a quieter and more rehabilitative environment than a busy acute ward. This frees up beds at the Royal for sicker patients who need more complex care but for a shorter period of time.”
Since the new ward opened, this has facilitated an estimated 200 additional patients to be admitted at the Royal, providing quicker admission from ED and reduced bed block.
Over the course of a year, this will mean an estimated 1,300 more acute patients will be able to receive care at the RHH.
New ward employs around 55 FTE staff members, including allied health and medical nurses. It is designed to focus on the needs of restorative care, therapy and discharge planning, with sub-acute patients from a number of wards at the RHH transferred there.
Ward better meets the patient group’s needs, due to it being a quieter environment with a more appropriate staff mix and model of care.
22 new beds, as part of the Repat upgrade, come on top of the roll-out of 298 new beds across the state over coming years. The beds will be progressively rolled out as new wards and redevelopments are completed, to deliver the physical space to enable capacity to expand.
“This ward is just one example of the Hodgman Government delivering on our commitment to recruit more frontline staff, open more beds and invest in health infrastructure.”
“While we have been able to open more than 120 new hospital beds and employ more than 600 more FTE health staff since coming to Government, we know there is more to do, and we are investing in our hospitals in record levels to make sure Tasmanians get the care they need.” Minister Ferguson said.