The Geroe Acute unit is named after Dr George Geroe, a distinguished GP and surgeon who spent over four decades practicing at Castlemaine Health.

The unit comprises a flexible mix of beds for the treatment of medical, surgical, urgent care and maternity clients. The Geroe Acute unit also has a number of medical procedural chairs and day stay surgical chairs. Rooms come in both single and shared, all of which have ensuite facilities.

Referrals are made to the ward by patients GP or from other hospitals such as metropolitan or regional health services. These referrals need to have consent from patient and receiving GP. Patients usually reside in Mount Alexander Shire and have a local doctor.

Geroe Acute hosts a range of clinical staff including:

  • visiting medical officers
  • specialists
  • nurses
  • midwives
  • allied health practitioners providing medical, surgical, maternity and urgent care services.

Safe Patient Care Act

In compliance with the Safe Patient Care Act (Nurse to Patient Ratios) Amendment Act 2019, Castlemaine Health rosters nurses according to the ratios below. This information is correct as at 1 August 2021.

Mixed wards

  • Geroe: Acute/Maternity 20 beds
  • The name of the mixed ward: Geroe
  • Total number of occupied beds in the mixed ward: 20 beds (3 Birthing Suite/Post-natal & 17 Acute)
  • Different ratios that apply to each portion:
Shift Birthing suite Postnatal Acute
AM 1 midwife (oncall) 1:4 1:5 plus in charge
PM 1 midwife (oncall) 1:4 1:6 plus in charge
Night 1 midwife (oncall) 1:6 1:10 plus in charge


  • Expected number of occupied beds in each portion of the ward during the following 6 month period: 20