"My rehab stay"

About: Angliss Hospital

(as the patient),

After suffering a very bad brain stem stroke and spending 5 weeks in ICU and 5 weeks in a neuro acute ward I’ve come to rehab to get my life back and make some substantial gains in my stroke journey 

I have been an inpatient for nearly 4 weeks now at the Angliss Hospital 
I am progressing ok but feel I need physiotherapy rehab at least 5-6 times per week. I am currently averaging 3-4 physiotherapy sessions per week. This is frustrating to say the least. I am here to get stronger and learn to walk again. This will not happen at the current rate of physio I’m receiving. Today I didn’t have any physiotherapy or (Occupational Therapy) OT at all. 
The only consistent rehab I’m receiving is speech therapy, where I am achieving huge progress. 
This whole situation is totally frustrating me. Without the family support I have I truly feel I would become very despondent. 
I feel very strongly about this lack of rehab as it is really impacting my progress. 

Also, I feel for the fantastic therapists, who really are dedicated and want to help all on the ward. Their hands are tied as far as more staff go. The system is letting them down and I’ve witnessed them becoming quite sad and stressed as they cannot do the job they are committed to doing. 

I was a fit,healthy man, who used to run 1000 steps twice, two times a week. 

My stroke was a result of a vertebral artery dissection, possibly due to an accident at the gym.  So I’m keen to use my fitness to help in my recovery process. 

I would appreciate you listening to my concerns and hope somehow we can overcome this lack of allied health support in Rehab. 

Responses

Response from David Plunkett, Chief Executive, Eastern Health We are preparing to make a change

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Dear Dandino

Thank you so much for sharing your experience both during the more acute phase of your illness, but now whilst you are in rehabilitation at Angliss Hospital.

I appreciate you flagging the issue regarding availability for physiotherapy and occupational therapy staff across the week. I will ask the leadership team to review what is happening to see what the possibilities are. I know we have a number of roles currently vacant that are in the recruitment process.

FYI - a little while ago, a research study was conducted regarding extended therapy services. The results of this didn't show material improvement in patient fitness (function). I'm not saying this would be the case for you, but to demonstrate we do review staff availability across the week.

Many thanks again Dandino and I hope you continue to recover so you can return to your pre illness life.

Kind regards

David

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Response from David Plunkett, Chief Executive, Eastern Health We have made a change

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Dear Dandino

Thank you again or your feedback. I thought I would let you know what changes we have implemented as a result of your experience. These changes include:

- Recruited more Allied Health staff

- Wherever possible, make sure patients requiring specialist care are cared for within either of the two services that are equipped

- Reallocating allied health resources across our services during periods of high demand

I trust you find this information of value. We take comments such as yours very seriously and instigate changes wherever possible.

I trust you are fit, well and enjoying all life offers!

Kind regards

David

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