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
January 2001 18