Clinic to community: growing allied health services

Sep 05, 2018

People can now access a wide range of allied health services – whether or not they are admitted to hospital – at 17 Ramsay Health Care sites across Australia.

The outpatient service, called Ramsay Health Plus (RHP), provides people with greater choice and flexibility to ultimately aid their recovery.

The service offers professionals experienced in:

  • Dietetics
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Midwifery
  • Speech Pathology

National Manager of Ramsay Health Plus, Ian Galvin, said there has been an increasing demand from the community to grow the service.

“For many years our clinicians reported that patients in Ramsay Health Care facilities would ask, ‘Can I come back here to continue my recovery with you and this wonderful team?’  As the health care industry seeks to ensure consumers experience a seamless transition between care settings, we have started to make a small but meaningful improvement for those people in our care,” Mr Galvin said.

Benefits of the service include access to multiple therapies in one location, individually designed programs, long-term management of a range of health conditions and assistance to transition back into community roles.

Ramsay Health Plus is accessible at locations across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

Cairns, Sunshine Coast University, Kareena, Donvale and Attadale have recently started providing ambulatory services to people attending from their local communities.

RHP facilities are now treating almost 4,000 ambulatory patients per month, with a further six sites expected to begin providing these clinic and community-based services later this year.

“Programs such as the Recover and Rebuild cancer rehabilitation program at RHP Hollywood are an excellent example of the way in which our teams are aiding recovery and improvements in quality of life for people living with long term conditions,” Mr Galvin said.

“We expect to see further service development in the areas of orthopaedics, cancer and cardiac rehabilitation and community nursing services for new parents in the coming months.”

For a list of sites involved, please visit www.ramsayhealthplus.com.au