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Orthopaedics - St Anne's Unit

St Anne’s Unit is a 35-bed orthopaedic ward providing comprehensive care for patients with a variety of medical issues within the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine, joints, and muscles.

Our surgeons perform joint replacement surgeries including hip, knee and shoulder. Other orthopedic interventions include treatment of sport injuries and orthopaedic trauma.

Our staff

Our orthopaedic wards are staffed by experienced, qualified nurses. Their compassionate care is combined with extensive orthopaedic experience including post-graduate qualified experts in orthopaedic trauma management, orthopaedic surgical management, acute pain management and education.

Several staff members have presented ward quality improvement projects at annual national orthopaedic association conferences with high commendation.

The unit has a dedicated fracture liaison clinical nurse, specialising in fractured neck of femur management, rehabilitation and service procurement.

St Anne’s Unit is supported by a multidisciplinary team, including physiotherapists, dieticians, podiatrists and occupational therapists.

Patient care

St Anne’s Unit staff members share information and have open communication with patients, families or carers to optimise your health care. Information that would be helpful to us from you and your families and carers includes:

  • medications and alternative preparations you may be taking
  • your care needs and preferences
  • your primary contact person or regarding your care. This is especially useful information when the family has many members.

As a patient you will find that your day will include a daily visit by your doctor, (usually between 6am and 8am), physiotherapy, handover of your care between staff and discharge planning.

Family and/or significant people are involved in your care at all times but especially during handover of your care and daily rounding.

The ward is fully equipped with the latest mobility aids and equipment to assist with mobilisation and rehabilitation including crutches, four-wheeled walkers, hopper frames and rollator frames. There are a variety of the latest hoists and standing aids for patients with limited mobility.

Pre-operative patient education

St Anne’s Unit also provides pre-operative patient education sessions for total joint replacements including a ward tour, introduction of staff and familiarising patients with medical equipment and modalities of treatment. The unit’s Clinical Nurse Educator provides these sessions, with patients reporting they feel better prepared for surgery and rehabilitation.

Discharge planning

Part of admission is also planning for discharge. During your stay doctors, nurses and allied health providers, such as physiotherapists, will answer your questions and talk to you about any concerns regarding leaving hospital. The ward has two dedicated discharge planners who will be able to assist you to ensure you have appropriate services or aids for discharge.

The ward is located via entrance 1 at level 2.

Contact us

For more information please contact us on tel: 07 4690 4139.