Hospitals (Licensing and Conduct of Private Hospitals) Regulations 1987

13/Feb/2004 - Current (at 31 Dec 2005)
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    6. General duties of licence holder

    A licence holder shall ensure that

    (a) the person occupying the post of director of nursing of the private hospital to which the licence relates or, in his or her absence, a responsible person holding qualifications approved by the Commissioner for the purposes of this paragraph is at all times present at, and in charge of, that private hospital;

    (b) animals (including birds) are not allowed on the premises of the private hospital to which the licence relates, unless that private hospital is a nursing home, in which case the licence holder shall ensure that the relevant animals (including birds) are effectively managed and do not constitute a nuisance or health risk to the patients in the nursing home;

    (c) constant attention is given to the hygienic and proper storage, preservation, preparation and serving of food in the private hospital to which the licence relates and, in particular, that

    (i) food is supplied in such variety and quantities that the dietary allowances recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council as defined by section 2 of the Medical Research Endowment Act 1937 2 of the Commonwealth are provided by that food;

    (ii) patients receive fresh fruit or fruit juice daily;

    (iii) patients on therapeutic diets or special diets are provided with food appropriate to those diets;

    (iv) a particular menu is not repeated at intervals of less than 4 weeks;

    (v) standard food portion sizes are developed and used as a guide to preparing and ordering food;

    (vi) components of a puree diet are prepared and served as individual food items; and

    (vii) meals are served at reasonable hours, with breakfast not being served before 7.00 a.m., the midday meal not being served before 12.00 noon and the evening meal not being served before 5.00 p.m., and that, if the evening meal is served before 5.30 p.m., supper is served between 7.30 p.m. and 9.00 p.m.;

    (d) an adequate number of suitable refuse receptacles is provided in the private hospital to which the licence relates for the holding of general refuse; and

    (e) pathological and infectious wastes are placed in suitable receptacles and then incinerated within a facility provided for that purpose within the private hospital to which the licence relates.

Note: This is not an authorised version. The only authorised version is the hardcopy (printed) version published under authority of the Government Printer, available from the State Law Publisher, 10 William St Perth W.A. 6000.