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.’’
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
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A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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