More nurses set to boost wards

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The number of fully trained nurses on Doncaster’s hospital wards is to be increased.

At least 65 per cent of nursing staff at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Mexborough Montagu Hospital will be qualified nurses or midwives from next year.

Directors of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust approved the increase at a recent board meeting after an in-depth analysis of the mix of patients admitted in the last six months. The study looked at factors including the seriousness of their medical or surgical condition and anything that may affect the level of specialist care they receive.

Current staffing levels are based on a ratio of 60 per cent qualified nurses and midwives to 40 per cent healthcare assistants and care support workers.

The Trust has been one of those leading the way nationally in increasing its nursing numbers.

In June it announced it was investing an additional £7 million this year in expanding bed capacity and clinical staffing levels to ensure patients receive the highest possible standard of care.

Chief executive Mike Pinkerton said: “We were probably one of the first trusts in the country to make this kind of public commitment to investing in additional nursing posts and have been doing a lot of work over the last six months to look at our staffing levels and skill-mix.

“It stemmed in part from feedback at staff roadshows that they are now seeing older, frailer and more seriously ill patients with more complex health needs than they were just a few years ago.”