General information

Accommodation consists of single and shared rooms, most of which have ensuites especially designed for people with mobility needs.

Every effort is made to accommodate you in the room of your choice.

If your preference is not available at the time of admission, your request will be met as soon as possible.

All our private and shared rooms have personal bedside televisions, telephones, local calls are free of charge and mobile calls/STD can be made using a phone card, which is available at the reception.

Daily newspapers and magazines can be ordered at reception and payment can be made on a daily basis or on discharge.

Free internet is available throughout our hospital for your personal use.

On admission you will be assessed by our Rehabilitation Specialist, treating Allied Health therapists and nursing staff.

In consultation with you an individualised rehabilitation plan and timetable will be developed to assist you in achieving your goals to maximize your independence.

Therapy will be attended in the physiotherapy gym or within the occupational therapy treating space.

Therapy is typically conducted six days per week.

An exercise program will be designed around your individual needs and can be conducted at other times during the day

Rehabilitation and recovery doesn’t end when you leave hospital.

We encourage you to consider our Outpatient Programs or alternately a home exercise program will be given to you on discharge.

Both choices will enable you to continue to build on your skills, confidence and independence.It is important to continue to take care of yourself attending to your physical and emotional health.

It is recommended that a GP visit is planned within two weeks of discharge.

As soon as you arrive you are being prepared for discharge back to your home and community.

Your discharge date will be arranged with you in consultation with the team.

Support and services on discharge are available from various sources that may be necessary to facilitate a safe discharge.

Our therapists and nursing staff will work with you and your family to implement these services on discharge. sometimes the team may feel that because of your care needs coupled with the absence of support, an alternative discharge destination may be more suitable.

Our social worker is available for your assistance to address these complex discharge issues.

A list of your current medications will be supplied along with a discharge summary to be given to your treating general practitioner.

We are committed to making your transition home as smooth as possible.

Dorset Rehabilitation Centre is recognised by all major health funds who will reimburse treatment costs depending on your level of coverage.

We can provide you with an estimate of hospital charges and outline the level of cover by your fund and any out-of-pocket expenses you may incur.

Patients without private health insurance are also welcome at Dorset Rehabilitation Centre.

Prior approval is sought for compensable patients (i.e. Workcover, TAC or DVA).

As a Department of Veteran Affairs partnering hospital, you have immediate access to our care without the need for prior approval in most cases.

We also provide help and support through our Veteran Liaison Officer.

We realise hospital and related charges can sometimes be difficult to understand so please ask for assistance, we are most happy to help you.

Admission or access to Dorset Rehabilitation Centre is available via referral.

Your local GP, physician, surgeon or allied health professional will be able to assist you with obtaining a referral.

During your stay you will be under the medical care of our Rehabilitation Specialist, who will from time to time be assisted by other accredited private specialists and hospital staff.

Once admission has been arranged, all referred patients will be seen by our Rehabilitation Liaison Coordinator for assessment to determine a program that will be suitable for your needs.

The Rehabilitation Liaison Coordinator will be able to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have about your stay with us.

Alternatively, if you are being admitted to Dorset Rehabilitation Centre directly from home, our staff will contact you on the day prior to your admission to let you know what time to arrive and what items to bring with you.

On arrival, please register at our main reception. We will consult with you and your family to discuss suitable rehabilitation goals and outline our various programs on offer.

Our Rehabilitation Liaison Coordinator will facilitate your admission to our facility.

If you are seeking an outpatient program you will be assessed by one of our Rehabilitation Specialists along with a multidisciplinary team to determine the most suitable program that will address your needs.

What to bring:

  • Books and magazines
  • Current medication
  • Loose casual clothing and supportive footwear as this will give you freedom to exercise. It also allows us to overcome any dressing difficulties prior to discharge. Shoes need to be flat and easy to get on and off and provide good support
  • Special equipment such as walking aids, splints or prostheses
  • Swimwear for hydrotherapy when indicated.

Please note: if you are bringing personal electrical equipment for safety reasons it will need to be tagged and tested by our certified tester prior to use.

Patients are asked to leave valuables at home, if you inadvertently arrive with jewellery, large amounts of money or any other valuables, please ask family members to take them home.

The team looking after you will meet weekly to discuss your progress and plan for your discharge:

  • Diabetic Educator
  • Dietician
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Stomal Therapist.


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