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General and Advanced Medical - St Raphael's Unit

Patients with general and advanced medical issues are cared for within the 31 bed ward, St Raphael’s Unit. General and Advanced medical cases include cardiac, respiratory, oncology and infectious diseases.

St Raphael’s Unit staff aim to provide a high standard of medical nursing care in a comfortable and friendly environment in which patients and family members are encouraged to contribute to care planning.

The nursing staff are highly experienced and are qualified to care for the diverse range of patients within the unit. Medical nurses are able to co-ordinate and organise complex patient needs.

Cardiac care

Visiting cardiologists provide specialist care for cardiac patients. Nursing staff are trained to care for those patients suffering heart attack and arrhythmias as well as the ongoing care needed for patients with heart failure. Diagnostic imaging services are provided on site by Hearts 1st and Queensland X-Ray.

Respiratory and lung conditions

The service includes specialist Respiratory Physicians who care for patients with acute and chronic respiratory diseases. A Respiratory Clinical Nurse is also available to provide specialised care and education, particularly those patients requiring home oxygen and sleep apnoea support. The Queensland Respiratory Service provides diagnostic support.

Cancer services

St Raphael’s Unit also cares for patients with various forms of cancer. We offer a holistic palliative care service that is staffed by specialised palliative care nurses.

Infectious diseases

General Physician Dr Jacob Wembri specialises in infectious diseases and is highly experienced in this field. Prior to his arrival in Toowoomba in 2012, Dr Wembri was an Infection Diseases Specialist at the North Manchester General Hospital in the United Kingdom.

Patient care

Our specialist doctors visit patients each day. Patients, family and carers can be involved in this conversation if invited by the patient.

Due to the complexity of medications often required for medical patients HPS Pharmacies provide regular support from a Clinical Pharmacist. A designated Community Liaison Nurse works to assist patients to either return to their own home or seek supported accommodation when needed.

A full range of allied health staff work on the ward providing care as needs are identified by medical and nursing staff. Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Dietetic services are available.

St Raphael’s Unit staff regularly liaises with General Practitioners to ensure comprehensive and ongoing care of all patients.

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