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Orthopaedic, amputee and burns services at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre

The Orthopaedic, Amputee and Burns Rehabilitation Unit is a 25 bed unit providing inpatient rehabilitation for clients following limb amputation, burns, and orthopaedic surgery and/or trauma, with 70% of these clients falling into the older age group.

Clients are admitted following referral and medical consultation from many sources:

  • within Adelaide
  • regional and country South Australia
  • Broken Hill
  • Mildura.

The unit provides a multidisciplinary team approach to the rehabilitation phase with members from the following areas:

  • medical
  • nursing
  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • social work
  • prosthetics and orthotics
  • clinical psychology
  • other specialist disciplines as required, for example:
    • dietetics
    • speech pathology
    • neuropsychology.

If indicated, clients will also be referred to the on-site driver assessment and retraining programme, more intensive physical therapy, and aquatic physiotherapy.

The client and immediate relatives or carers are also considered part of the team, and are encouraged to be an active part of the rehabilitation programme.

Rehabilitation principles are encouraged by all staff, both on the unit and within the purpose built therapy complex which the clients attend Monday to Friday.

As part of discharge planning, clients may be referred to the Day Rehabilitation Centre, situated at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, for ongoing outpatient therapy, or to appropriate community services such as Domiciliary Care, or day therapy centres.

Staff specialists

Dr John Bastian and Dr Andrew Wilkinson are the Staff Specialists for the Orthopaedic and Amputee Rehabilitation Service.

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