Home' Southern Health News : August 2016 Contents Improving rehabilitation
for neurosurgery patients
The relocation of rehabilitation services
to Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) under
Transforming Health is an important step
in the sophistication and enhancement
of the services for the hospital and a real
bonus for the Neurosurgery service and
its patients, Head of Neurosurgery at
FMC, Dr Nick Vrodos says.
While an integrated rehabilitation program for
neurosurgery patients has existed at FMC for
more than six years, Dr Vrodos said the relocation
of rehab services to FMC would offer great
benefits for discharge planning and continuity of
care for patients.
The neurosurgery service performs about 50
procedures a month, with approximately 30 of
these patients requiring rehabilitation, which is
often delayed and increases the time patients
spend in hospital due to concerns about the
safety of discharging patients.
“Having the rehabilitation service on site at
Flinders will improve the professional relationship
between clinicians and provide confidence about
discharge planning, knowing that it will be a
seamless process,” Dr Vrodos said.
“A more comprehensive care program will be
provided for patients at FMC in the future,
from the high acuity stage after surgery to the
rehabilitation service and services provided in the
“This is a win for patients and the health system
as patients receive more streamlined and cost
effective levels of care as their conditions
Rehabilitation Consultant Dr Peter Anastassiadis
said there is a window of opportunity to provide
early rehabilitation in acute settings for complex
patients following stroke and other neurological
“Many patients with a head injury or brain
tumour are treated at FMC and then they go
to Repatriation General Hospital (RGH) for
rehabilitation before returning to FMC for
multiple visits and specialist reviews,” he said.
“While patients receive care in a rehab setting at
FMC their ongoing medical care can continue and
it is a short distance away for clinicians to review
a patient and discuss any issues in person.
“The rehab specialists involved in patient care at
RGH are currently different to those who provide
care at FMC, but the same clinical teams will
be involved in a patient’s care throughout their
journey at FMC, improving continuity of care.”
The new 55-bed rehabilitation service at Flinders
Medical Centre is expected to be complete in
This is a win for
patients and the
health system as
patients receive more
streamlined and cost
effective levels of care as
their conditions improve.
DR PETER ANASTASSIADIS
“Donating blood is certainly close to home for
many SALHN staff as they see firsthand how
important their donations can be,” said SALHN
Acting Chief Executive Officer Tobi Wilson.
“They witness daily lifesaving blood transfusions
for trauma victims, cancer patients and people
with blood disease - the list is endless.
“It is great to see so many staff rolling their sleeves
up for such an important cause.”
Blood Service spokeswoman Rebecca
DiGirolamo said SALHN staff involved in the
inaugural Health Services Challenge were to be
“We hope their example will encourage other staff
members and the wider public to join the cause
and give others a second chance at life,” she said.
SALHN staff help
to save 465 lives
The Southern Adelaide Local Health
Network (SALHN) has tallied the highest
number of blood donations in South
Australia, and second nationally, as part
of a unique life-saving blood drive.
From 1 May to 31 July, health organisations
across the nation competed to see who could
save the most lives through blood donation in
the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s inaugural
Red25 Health Services Challenge.
SALHN made 155 donations, saving 465 lives
the highest number of donations in South
Australia. The group was seven donations behind
national Health Challenge leader Sunshine Coast
Hospital and Health Service.
Eighteen South Australian hospitals and health service
groups made 559 donations during the Health
Services Challenge, collectively saving 1,677 lives.
“We also urge all our Health Services Challenge
groups to continue donating despite the
Challenge being officially over as the need for
blood never stops.”
The Health Services Challenge is part of the Blood
Service’s Red25 program, a unique movement in
which groups and organisations around Australia
unite to save lives through blood donation.
Across Australia, health organisations collectively
made 3,287 donations, saving 9,861 lives.
To donate call 13 14 95 or visit
It is great to see so many
staff rolling their sleeves
up for such an important cause.
16 / AUGUST 2016 / SOUTHERN HEALTH NEWS
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