Dudley Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Admission Information

Why Rehabilitation?

Inpatient rehabilitation is suitable for patients who need the support of medical and nursing care in an inpatient hospital environment.

You will be assessed by your nurse, doctor and therapists during your first two days. It is from these assessments that your rehabilitation program will be formulated. The rehabilitation team will involve you in the planning of your program to ensure your rehabilitation goals are addressed.

The goals of the program are based on a reasonable expectation of improvement as assessed by the Rehabilitation Physician in conjunction with team members.

Realistic goals for recovery are set and the program continues until established goals are achieved or progress plateaus or you are able to manage at home and return to the Day Program for ongoing rehabilitation.


On admission you will be assessed by the Rehabilitation Specialist and therapists. An individually tailored rehabilitation program will be established with the goal of optimising your level of independence and functional recovery. Your participation in this program will be expected to the best of your ability.

Your room

Our pre admission forms ask you to indicate your room preference (ie shared or single). Please understand that we will make every effort to provide you with your preference, however, rooms cannot be guaranteed and are allocated according to clinical need and availability.

The Hospital

  • Highly trained staff
  • Well equipped gym and hydrotherapy pool
  • Close proximity to the city
  • Pleasant leafy surrounds
  • Patient Dining Room - Tea and coffee making facilities are available to all patients in this area. A light lunch will be provided.

All of the hospital’s services have been designed to meet each patient’s individual needs.

Our rehabilitation programs

We have four major programs:

Orthopaedic following:

  • Total hip replacements and revisions
  • Surgery for fractured hip
  • Total knee replacements and revisions
  • Other orthopaedic surgery
  • Multi-trauma, including fractures
  • Spinal Surgery

Musculoskeletal following:

  • Acute Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Severe soft tissue injury or disease

Neurovascular Program:

  • Stroke
  • Reconditioning


  • Following an acute episode of illness or undergone a surgical procedure with subsequent deterioration in functional ability

Our team members include doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers. They design and implement programs to enable patients to achieve the higher level of independence in both the hospital setting and on return to home, work and leisure pursuits.

Weekly Case Conferences of Specialists, Nursing and Rehabilitation staff are conducted to assess each patient's program and progress. Family conferences are available by arrangement if required.


Occupational Therapy programs develop graded independence of an individual's functioning.

Assessment of the individual's level of function enables the therapist to design tasks with the goal of helping individuals to become increasingly independent.

Having identified needed skills these become the priority of treatment.


Physiotherapists design specific programs aimed at achieving the highest levels of physical functioning. Programs are developed to suit the needs of each patient. This includes assessment and treatment aimed at improving muscle strength, joint range, body balance, posture and independence in activities of daily living. Patients are under continual supervision and review.


Warm water exercises may be prescribed to strengthen the muscles and improve balance and gait. Our hydrotherapy pool includes the benefit of a spa, allowing exercises to be carried out whilst walking against jets of water. The pool is designed to allow easy access by means of a gentle slope into the water. Exercises are supervised by a physiotherapist at all times.


A social worker is available to rehabilitation inpatient. Their involvement as part of the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team may include:

  • Individual counselling
  • Family therapy
  • Psycho-social assessment

Resources and information are provided to assist patients and their families to make informed decisions regarding their future care, rehabilitation and other needs.

On discharge, referrals are made where necessary, to appropriate community services, follow-up support and counselling services.

How are accounts paid?

If your hospital program is covered by private health insurance or Veterans' Affairs, the account will be sent directly to the relevant organisation. If it is covered by Workers' Compensation or transport accident schemes, approval must be sought to your admission.

What to bring for your stay

You will be required to be dressed each day:

  • Day clothes that are loose fitting, eg t-shirts, shorts, tracksuit etc.
  • Swimsuits
  • Outdoor shoes (walking shoes)
  • Nightwear

Your program will be specifically tailored to your needs and may include two physiotherapy services and one hydrotherapy session each day.

Other services

  • Chaplains
  • Dietician
  • Hairdressing
  • Library
  • Pharmaceutical supplies
  • Podiatry
  • Speech Therapy

Visiting hours

Visiting hours are 3pm – 8pm Monday to Friday and 12md – 8pm Saturday and Sunday. Patients are participating in their rehabilitation programs at other times and are also required to rest.

Transport information

CareWest offers subsidised local transport – 1300CareWest.

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