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Rehabilitation - St Luke's Unit

The Rehabilitation Unit offers specialised multidisciplinary rehabilitation programs tailored to the individual patient's needs and goals.

Our staff will help you regain your physical function and daily living skills with the aim of returning you to your previous lifestyle.

The Rehabilitation Unit is a 14-bed facility for inpatients located in St Luke’s Ward. Patients requiring rehabilitation services include those who have undergone a joint replacement or those who have suffered trauma in any way and now require rehabilitation before being able to go home.

On admission patients undergo a full clinical assessment. Any abnormalities will be reported to your doctor.

Patient care

St Vincent’s Private Hospital offers a private rehabilitation service, 7 days a week, for inpatients run by Dr Nisal Gange, Dr Grant Kleinschmidt and Dr Marita Smith from CARSANS (Comprehensive Aging, Rehabilitation, Stroke and Neurological Services). The doctors offer a range of inpatient services for post-operative and medical patients including those with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. 

Dr Nisal Gange is a geriatrician, stroke and rehabilitation physician who treats:

  • Stroke and TIA’s (all ages)
  • Parkinson disease (over the age of 60)
  • Complex geriatric syndromes such as behavioural issues associated with dementia, memory decline, falls and medication rationalisation.

Dr Kleinschmidt is a neurologist with a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of epilepsy. He also sees patients with a diverse range of neurological conditions including:

  • Neuromuscular inflammatory disease
  • Demyelinating disease such as multiple sclerosis
  • Movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke and vascular disease of the brain.

Dr Kleinschmidt is certified to administer Botulinum toxin for the treatment of the conditions such as:

  • Dystonia
  • Migraine
  • Spasticity following stroke

Dr Marita Smith is a specialist physician with advanced training in General Medicine. She has a special interest in Geriatrics, Rehabilitation, Stroke and Cardiology

Rehabilitation patients will have twice daily therapy sessions with morning physiotherapy activities in the gym. Afternoon sessions can be a second gym session, a gentle exercise or balance class with our physiotherapist, or an education session with our occupational therapist.

The multidisciplinary team meets on a weekly basis to discuss the individual’s progress through their rehabilitation program.

Discharge planning

Part of admission is planning for discharge i.e. planning for when the patient is living at home. To ensure a successful transition home, Doctors, nurses and allied health providers will answer your questions and talk to you about any discharge concerns.

Rehabilitation patients are encouraged to have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining area.

What to bring

You will need:

  • comfortable day clothes – suitable for exercising and to practice and overcome any dressing difficulties before discharge
  • night wear
  • toiletries
  • shoes with low heels that are well fitting and comfortable
  • medications and prescriptions and medications list you may have from your pharmacy
  • small amount of money for incidentals.

Visiting hours

Hospital visiting hours are 10am-8pm. Rehabilitation sessions require concentration – we ask that visitors avoid visiting during established therapy times.

When you go home

Your local doctor and surgeon will receive a summary of the care you received in the rehabilitation unit and the plan for your discharge. If you need ongoing therapy after leaving the unit, your therapists will discuss this with you and make appropriate arrangements.

There are a variety of community services and supports that can be arranged to help you and your family. The team can refer you to services such as:

  • community nurses
  • domestic assistances
  • transitional care programs.

Health fund eligibility

When enquiring about your surgery please check with your health fund if you are eligible for our rehabilitation program.

Contact us

For further information please contact the Rehabilitation unit on tel: 07 4690 4145.