While some might say the shining light of physio services at Blue Mountains Hospital is the sparkling hydrotherapy pool, those who’ve been treated there credit the staff for the excellent therapy they’ve received.
Winners of the 2014 NBMLHD Quality Awards for their project ‘Operation Joint Speed’, staff enabled fast-track referral for patients with lower-limb and aquatic physiotherapy needs which resulted in 84% of patients accessing treatment within 10.5 days (compared to 26% 12 months prior).
Department Head of Physiotherapy Blue Mountains and Springwood Hospitals, Penny Lees, says Physiotherapy staff provide inpatient and outpatient (patients must have a referral from their GP) services for a range of conditions in the Hospital’s well equipped gym.
“Acute medical and rehabilitation patients from the wards receive priority to access our two physiotherapists,” Penny says. “But physio sessions for specialist services include those for chronic disease management, respiratory symptoms, cardiac rehab, women’s health (pelvic floor), kids therapist and arthritis.”
“For example, the CALM program assists people with chronic respiratory problems to increase their exercise tolerance and teach them to better manage respiratory symptoms,” Penny says.
For muscular-skeletal therapy the hydrotherapy pool is heated to 33-34 degrees celsius and available for special arthritis exercise groups, aqua aerobics and pre-operative strengthening. Talk to your GP if you think you could benefit from attending the hydrotherapy pool.
One-on-one physio classes are provided to patients at Springwood Hospital with a special seated exercise program tailored for geriatric and rehab patients.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 3:02:16 PM