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New ICU nurses for Hervey Bay Hospital

EXTRA nursing staff will be brought into Hervey Bay Hospital's Intensive Care Unit to deal with an increase in patient numbers.

The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has announced an additional nurse will be rostered onto every ICU shift at Hervey Bay Hospital after WBHHS committed to $437,700 in recurrent funding.

"Hervey Bay Hospital is experiencing increased patient demand and clinical activity which leads to the need to consider staffing levels across the hospital," WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington said.

"After reviewing clinical activity in the intensive care unit, our team put together a proposal for funding to be put towards a new staffing model in the unit.

"I am pleased to announce that the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service will permanently recruit an additional 3.69 FTE nurses for the Hervey Bay Hospital intensive care unit.

"The additional staff enables the WBHHS to roster an additional nurse per shift to in the ICU Hervey Bay."

WBHHS Board Chair Dominic Devine said it was important for the hospital service to continually assess its staffing across all units to ensure they met the needs of the patients.

"Hervey Bay Hospital patients receive outstanding care in the intensive care unit and this additional staffing will provide additional support to the staff and their patients in the unit," Mr Devine said.

"The decision to employ extra nurses at the ICU is an example of the WBHHS responding to the ever-evolving needs of its patients and underlines its continuing commitment to providing the best care possible to the Hervey Bay community."



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