Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

No Beds Closed in Maternity; Hospital Reassures Expectant Mothers

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

No Beds Closed in Maternity; Hospital Reassures Expectant Mothers

Article excerpt

CLAIMS the maternity ward at Rockhampton Hospital has closed six beds in the past 18 months have been rejected by the hospital.

A caller to The Morning Bulletin this week said there were now only nine beds in the ward and staff were being forced to discharge new mums early, often without warning.

But the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service has reassured expectant mums there has been no change to the 15-bed maternity unit.

Acting executive director, Wendy Hoey, said while the unit does experience very busy periods, bed block was not an issue with an average occupancy rate of less than 75%.

"Women are not discharged from hospital until it is safe to do so," Ms Hoey said.

"Rockhampton Hospital Maternity Unit is one of our great success stories in recent years.

"We have recruited more midwives and have others joining us later this year.

"We now have a full-time permanent clinical director of obstetrics and gynaecology, which is building stability in the clinical staffing team. …

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