F6/5 is a 28-bed medical unit serving patients admitted for the following medical services:
- General Medicine 1 (GMD1): staffed by internal medicine physicians
- General Medicine 2 (GMD2): staffed by geriatricians and formerly known as the geriatrics service
- Schilling (SCH): staffed by Hospitalists
In addition, two non-teaching services admit to F6/5:
- Middleton Hills (MHS)
- Hospitalist Service (HMS): this service is new to the hospital and admits to either F6/5 or D6/5 as beds are available
There is a high demand for beds on F6/5 and on average five to eight patients are discharged (and admitted) per day. Length of stay is approximately six days.
The nursing staff of F6/5 has chosen the term "expert generalists" to describe their practice. We have a number of senior staff members who are excellent resources for nurses throughout the hospital seeking help in dealing with issues such as alcohol withdrawal, delirium and dementia, coordination of care for patients with multiple medical problems, diabetes management, and preparation for discharge to nursing homes.
Resource nurses are available in wound and skin, pain, diabetes, fall prevention and safety, and palliative care. Other services include:
- Capacity to care for eight patients on telemetry (serious cardiac issues are referred to F4/5)
- Six negative air flow rooms for patients for whom tuberculosis is being ruled out
- Six rooms with built-in patient lifts to accommodate bariatric patients