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Departments

General and Amputee Rehabilitation Unit

Overview

The General and Amputee Rehabilitation (GAAR) unit at Royal Talbot predominantly provides specialised prosthetic and non-prosthetic rehabilitation following an amputation. Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services are provided.


Most people attending the GAAR unit live locally, though patients are admitted from throughout Victoria.

Referrals

A pre-amputation assessment is available to assess and provide information. Patients are usually admitted directly from the acute hospital once they are medically stable - sometimes as soon as a week after surgery.
Alternatively, a referral can be made to our outpatient amputee clinic from your GP for team assessment.
See referral section for details.

The Team

The team is comprised of highly skilled staff including:
Medical consultants
Rehabilitation Nurses
Physiotherapists
Occupational Therapists

Social Workers
Speech pathologists
Psychologists
Dietician

Prosthetist/Orthotist
Community Integration & Leisure Specialists

The team meet regularly to ensure that an effective program is maintained. There are opportunities for patients and families to liaise with team members.

Inpatients

Rehabilitation services take into account the individual's circumstances and goals. The therapy team works with the patient and their family/key support network to provide education, information and support. The aim is to achieve maximum independence with mobility and self-care. For most people with lower limb amputations, a wheelchair is necessary to assist with mobility.
The aim is to assist patients to return home with or without supportive services. Some patients require specialised equipment or modifications to their homes before they can return. Others may want to consider alternative living arrangements such as residential care (either temporary or long-term). Therapy staff provide information about all available options and assist to access where possible.


After discharge, outpatient therapy is available if necessary. People who use a prosthesis will be followed up in the clinic by the rehabilitation consultant and prosthetist, initially frequently and then annually to ensure optimal prosthetic management.