The Rehabilitation Ward at Balmain Hospital, called the John Beasley Ward is located on Level 4, Balmain Hospital. 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, require rehabilitation after a surgery, an illness or cancer treatment.
Together with a multidisciplinary team, rehabilitation specialists decide the type of therapy each patient needs to improve their physical, mental, and cognitive abilities and regain as much independence as possible before they leave hospital and return home.
Rehabilitation therapy can include care from medical team, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, dieticians, and recreational therapists. The Rehabilitation 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 and their families as much as they need during their recovery. Rehabilitation is an ongoing activity to regain strength, restore mobility and function, increase independence, and enhance quality of life. Staff can help patients to set goals for their recovery.