National Rehabilitation Hospital

Prosthetic, Orthotic, Limb Absence Rehabilitation (POLAR) Programme Outcomes, Demographics and Activity 2016

The NRH is the only Consultant Led Multidisciplinary Prosthetic Rehabilitation service provider in Ireland.  The service is provided in conjunction with a Strategic Partner, Ability Matters (selected through international tender) as part of the hospital’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the HSE….. read more

This section details some information about the POLAR (Inpatient) Programme which relates to how we measure the activity; effectiveness; efficiency of, and access to the Programme. 

Demographics, Activity and Outcomes for Inpatient and Day Patient services – 2016

The POLAR Inpatient programme served 69 patients with limb absence in 2016 from throughout Ireland.  This encompasses pre-prosthetic rehabilitation, assessments, re-admissions for gait training and prosthetic rehabilitation.  Of the 69 discharges, 50 completed a full Inpatient rehabilitation programme of prosthetic rehabilitation.

The POLAR Day Programme encompasses pre-prosthetic rehabilitation, assessments, re-admissions and prosthetic rehabilitation.  The Day programme served 38 local patients residing within commuting distance from the hospital and who were able to provide their own transport.  Of the 38 patients who attended the Day Programme, 28 completed the full prosthetic rehabilitation programme.

The NRH has committed to a programme of continual review of its service delivery. Following on from reviews, it implements various improvement plans.

During 2016, the areas considered were:

Average Waiting Time for Admission

The average waiting time for admission to the POLAR Programme during 2016 was:

  • Inpatient Programme – 51 days
  • Day Patient Programme – 33 days

In some cases, patients experience a longer waiting time as they await sanction (approval for funding from the HSE) for their prosthesis.

Average Length of Stay

The Average length of stay for patients in the POLAR Programme in 2016 was:

  • Inpatient Programme – 54 days.
  • Day Patient Programme – 58 days attending the service.

Discharge to Home*

  • 88% of patients were discharged from the Inpatient Service to home in 2016.
  • 66% of Day-Patients were discharged to home in 2016

* Rather than back to Acute hospital or residential care.

DEMOGRAPHICS & ACTIVITY – Inpatient Programme

The following graphs show, for Inpatients to the service in 2016, the breakdown of pre-hospital HSE areas of residence, gender, and average age profile.  

Pre-hospital HSE areas of residence of Inpatients discharged by the POLAR Programme in 2016
HSE Dublin Mid Leinster 50%     (Day
HSE Dublin North East 06%
HSE South 06%
HSE West 38%
Gender of Inpatients discharged by the POLAR Programme in 2016
Male 80%
Female 20%
Age Profile of Inpatients discharged by the POLAR Programme in 2016
Average age 66 years
Lower age range 34 years
Higher age range 91 years

 

DEMOGRAPHICS & ACTIVITY – Day Patient Programme

The following graphs show, for Day Patients to the service in 2016, the breakdown of pre-hospital HSE areas of residence, gender, and average age profile.  

Pre-hospital HSE areas of residence of Patients discharged by the POLAR Day Programme in 2016
HSE Dublin Mid Leinster 100%
HSE Dublin North East 0%
HSE South 0%
HSE West 0%
Gender of Patients discharged by the POLAR  Day Programme in 2016
Male 68%
Female 32%
Age Profile of Patients discharged by the POLAR Day Programme in 2016
Average age 61 years
Lower age range 42 years
Higher age range 84 years