Echuca Regional Health opened its first rehabilitation unit last week with the first patients moving in on Thursday and Friday.RHIANNON HORRELL August 26, 2014 2:00am
Echuca Regional Health opened its first rehabilitation unit last week with the first patients moving in on Thursday and Friday.
Before the unit was commissioned, local patients were forced to Bendigo, Shepparton or a metropolitan hospital for the support work they needed.
The sparkling new facility has 16 beds, a mobility garden with different surfaces, fully-equipped gym and a kitchen for patients to practise cooking.
Rehab nurse unit manager Denise Gowty said 11 patients had already moved in.
‘‘It’s very exciting. We’ve also got a really innovative new IT system in place,’’ she said.
She said this included patient flow technology and bedside computers which allow doctors to access a range of patient information.
‘‘We’ve got a new specialist geriatrician on board too,’’ she said.
Allied Health leader Misty Howard said a special program around lifestyle and leisure was in the pipeline.
Ms Howard said the new unit — which has employed about 16 new staff — included physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech pathologists, dieticians and allied health assistants.
‘‘It’s a real team-based approach. It’s taking things to the next level and the objective is achieving good outcomes for clients,’’ she said.
And there was no stopping the praise from Barham resident and knee replacement patient Betty Burgess, one of the first patients to try out the unit.
‘‘It’s fabulous — I can’t speak highly enough of it,’’ she said.
‘‘Everybody has treated me so well. People don’t always appreciate the good things that happen.’’
‘‘The staff, the attention, the nursing, the doctors — I couldn’t ask for more. Every little whim is catered for.
‘‘I feel a lot better. There’s a lot of country people who have to go miles to get any attention.
‘‘This service (in Echuca) is great.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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