Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Unit

Ballina District Hospital – Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Unit

The Ballina Inpatient Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Unit is a 37 bed unit with 31 Rehabilitation beds and 6 Transitional Care beds providing an intensive interdisciplinary program for patients that require and can tolerate an intense rehabilitation program.  The service aims to address early transfer of care from acute facilities to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

The Ballina Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit provides access to a core interdisciplinary team for patients. The primary clinical goal is the improvement in the functioning of a patient with an impairment, activity limitation or participation restriction related to a health condition that may include, but is not limited to: Stroke, Orthopaedic conditions, Reconditioning, Neurological conditions, Traumatic brain injury, Spinal cord injury, Amputation, Congenital conditions/disability.

Rehabilitation care is delivered under the management of a clinician with special expertise in rehabilitation, evidenced by an individualised interdisciplinary management plan, which includes negotiated goals within specified time frames and a documented assessment of functional ability.

  • General Visiting Hours: 9.00am-10.00pm. However, it is advisable to check with staff as patients may be scheduled for therapy at any time during the day
  • The services are available to people who reside in the catchment area within the Local Health District
  • The patient must be be capable of actively participating
  • The provision of intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation for patients, can be provided to those that require and can tolerate an intense ≥ 2.5 hour rehabilitation program daily, or who require a structured inpatient environment for safety reasons
  • A patient is ‘ready for rehabilitation’ when the patient:
    • Is medically stable
    • Has no severe delirium or dementia on standardised cognitive testing e.g. 3MS Test
    • Has rehabilitation potential to improve function in the activity limitation or participation restriction
    • Is able to participate in intensive rehabilitation program, and;
    • The patient has achievable person centred goals identified
    • The patient consents to admission to Rehabilitation Unit and to participating in a rehabilitation program.
  • Patients will not be admitted to the (Ballina Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit), where:
    • They do not meet the entry criteria
    • Transfer of care information is not complete
    • It is identified that rehabilitation can be safely and effectively provided in an ambulatory or outpatient setting
    • If a patient has a non weight bearing status
    • Is under 16 years of age
    • If a patient has a traumatic brain injury who requires a locked supervised area for their protection & safety
    • If a patient is found to be using illegal drug or drinking alcohol during their stay in rehabilitation
    • Non-participation in rehabilitation program
    • Absence of clear achievable rehabilitation goals
(02) 6620 6380 (02) 6620 6382

Location of Service

Rehabilitation Unit, Ballina District Hospital, Cherry Street, Ballina, 2478