New Rehabilitation Unit opens!
The new rehabilitation facility at Shepparton Private Hospital is fully equipped and ready to provide high quality services to patients.
The new service includes 12 private rooms, a state-of-the-art gymnasium and an ‘activities of daily living’ kitchen.
Nursing unit manager Erin Sinclair is excited about the new facility and said it had been a long time coming for the hospital.
“It’s an enormous benefit to the community….there has not been a private rehabilitation service between Albury-Wodonga and Melbourne so it’s long overdue,” Ms Sinclair said.
Physiotherapists and occupational therapists will be working closely with the facility, which Ms Sinclair described as “fast-stream rehab”.
In the past year more than 300 privately insured people requiring rehabilitation services have been referred elsewhere.
“It becomes a burden to the community if we send people out who aren’t ready because then we have to rely on others to care for them”.
The Activities of Daily Living kitchen will enable staff to assess how well prepared patients are able to manage independently at home. The kitchen also aims to encourage patients to be independent before they are discharged.
“We want to optimise patient outcomes and get them back to functioning at their absolute best and regain a certain level of independence,” Ms Sinclair said.