National Rehabilitation Hospital

Who’s on the Rehabilitation Team?

Working together in Physiotherapy at NRH

Working together in Physiotherapy at NRH

During your rehabilitation you will:

  • Participate in treatment activities and education sessions.
  • Develop your rehabilitation goals with the team.

Your Team may include the following people

Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine

  • The Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine is responsible for the overall treatment and coordination of your medical care while you are at the NRH
  • Medical Registrars support the Medical Rehabilitation Consultants and with Senior House Doctors will provide your day to day medical care during your stay.
  • Your Consultant may refer you to other Specialist Consultants, for example: Orthopaedics, Urology, Plastic Surgery, Radiology, or Psychiatry.
  • Your medical team will liaise with your GP and referring Consultant  regarding your care

Liaison Service

  • The Liaison coordinators provide a link between the hospital, home, and your health care professionals.
  • They act as your advocate and liaise with hospitals to assess and evaluate your readiness and suitability for admission to a Rehabilitation Programme at NRH and continue to link with you post discharge from NRH.

Rehabilitation Nurse

  • Nursing staff provide care, support and encouragement throughout your stay and provide an important communication link with other members of the team
  • Helps you practice what you are learning in therapies and teach you and your family how to handle your personal care
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist in Sexuality is available to provide counselling to you and relevant others on the impact of your injury on sexuality.

Health Care Assistant

  • The Health Care Assistant helps provide care and general assistance to you during your stay
  • Assists you in doing certain daily tasks as you progress through your rehabilitation such as dressing, toileting, showering and feeding

Medical Social Worker

  • Gives emotional support to you and your family
  • Gives you and your family information you may need in the future about community agencies
  • Helps you solve personal problems that may come up and assists you with discharge planning

Physiotherapist

You will work regularly with you Physiotherapist

Therapy services are scheduled weekly for each patient

  • Helps you strengthen your muscles and use them to do daily activities
  • Helps you learn breathing exercises that help you build your stamina and strength
  • Sports and fitness, gym, and hydrotherapy programmes are provided by the physiotherapy department

Respiratory Physiotherapist

  • Monitors the health of your lungs
  • Gives you treatments to keep your lungs clear
  • Assesses need for respiratory equipment

Prosthetist & Orthotist

  • The Prosthetist/Orthotist produces and fits all artificial limbs, plastic cosmetic appliances and other prosthetic devices.
  • Helps you learn to wear and use your prosthesis/orthosis correctly
  • Provides follow-up care post discharge in the NRH clinics or regional clinics around the country

Occupational Therapist (OT)

  • Helps you to regain skills used in daily living activities such as: dressing, eating, planning and writing.
  • Helps you order equipment you will need such as bathing equipment, mobility aids or wheelchair
  • Assesses your home, work, and/or school setting, and then suggests modifications that will make it easier for you to carry out normal daily activities

Speech and Language Therapist

  • Assesses and treats all aspects of communication impairment
  • Assesses and treats swallowing difficulties
  • Helps with difficulties in remembering, talking, reading, writing, listening, and thinking

Psychologist

  • Assists you and your family to come to terms with the effects of the difficulties you may experience as a result of your injury/illness
  • Helps you identify your own resources and coping mechanisms for dealing with the effects of injury/illness
  • Provides specialist neuropsychological assessment if you have sustained a brain injury

Dietitian

  • Helps you manage your dietary needs
  • Promotes healthy eating habits and provides education on how to stay healthy.

Pastoral Care

  • Provides support and counselling on request
  • Addresses your spiritual needs