The rehabilitation ward at Balmain Hospital is called the John Beasley Ward and it has 26 beds. Most patients on this ward have been transferred after a stay at another hospital, such as Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Rehabilitation patients may have suffered from a stroke, a serious injury or a brain tumour.
Rehabilitation Specialists decide what types of therapy each patient needs to improve their physical abilities and regain as much independence as possible before they leave hospital and return home.
Rehabilitation therapy can include care from medical specialists, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians and psychologists. The ward is staffed by doctors and nurses 24 hours a day.
Rehabilitation patients are not seen as being sick. They are encouraged to do as much for themselves as they can, with the Rehabilitation Team there to support the patient as much as they need during their recovery. Rehabilitation is an ongoing activity to regain strength, restore mobility and increase independence. Staff can help patients to set goals for their recovery.