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Rehab unit open to all

Tuesday, 29th October, 2013

Everyone is invited to step inside the hospital’s new Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Unit on Friday morning for a guided tour. Everyone is invited to step inside the hospital’s new Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Unit on Friday morning for a guided tour.

The public is being invited to have a look around the Broken Hill Health Service’s new Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Unit on Friday.

The open day for the new $6.9 million 10-bed unit will take place between 10am and 11.30am and staff will provide guided tours.

BH Health Service General Manager, Nigel Carlton, said the new facility will be an important expansion to the sub-acute rehabilitation services provided to communities in the Far West.

“We eagerly anticipate the opening of this new Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Unit and the extra ten beds it provides to care for people in our community,” said Mr Carlton.

The new unit will provide specific services focussed on rehabilitating the patient to increase the likelihood of their being able to return to living in the community. 

It includes a rehabilitation gymnasium and a skills kitchen and laundry to prepare people for managing activities of daily living in their home. A lounge/dining area provides space for socialisation and activities.

The rehabilitation team will include nurses, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, speech pathologist, a social worker, a dietitian, a nutrition assistant and allied health assistants.

“Rehabilitation is the process of providing intense team-based therapy for people who are struggling to get back to their previous level of function, perhaps due to prolonged illness and deconditioning and recovery from major surgery, falls and fractures, or stroke,” said Mr Carlton.

“Patients recovering from major illness and treatment in the hospital will engage in activities and receive services to encourage, support and prepare them to transition back to their home.”

The unit was funded by the Commonwealth Government under the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Sub-Acute Beds Program. 

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