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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1552..


Canberra Hospital-paediatric ward

(Question No 356)

Mr Osborne asked the Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 29 March 2001:

In relation to the paediatric ward at The Canberra Hospital:

(1) How many beds are available in the ward.

(2) What has been the monthly average occupancy rate in the ward for the last 12 months.

Mr Moore: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) The Paediatric Ward has a capacity of 24 beds with availability ranging from 16-24 depending on demand and staffing levels.

An available bed is a bed which is immediately available to be used by an admitted patient if required. A bed is immediately available for use if it is located in a suitable place for care with nursing and auxiliary staff available within a reasonable period.

(2) The monthly average occupancy rate (rounded to the nearest whole number) for the last 12 months is as follows:

Month Average Number of Beds

Occupied per Day

March 2000 23

April 19

May 21

June 24

July 22

August 21

September 15

October 19

November 17

December 17

January 2001 18

February 18


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