New Osteoarthritis Day Clinic at Hunters Hill Private Arthritis New South Wales has welcomed a partnership with Hunters Hill Private Hospital Osteoarthritis Day Clinic. The clinic, now covered by private health funds, is a new, non-surgical solution designed for people who wish to delay surgery; manage day-to-day tasks with arthritis and to lose weight to improve knee/hip arthritis. Arthritis NSW CEO Ms Sandra Vincent said the insights from the new program may help people in the wider NSW community to better manage their arthritis. “We welcome the choice this provides, particularly on the back of the success of similar programs in the public system. Now people with private insurance can access the combined 14 The Ramsay Way 2016 | 04 benefits of a chronic care program with private hospital care.” Arthritis is an everyday reality in Australia - more than 3.9 million Australians are plagued by the debilitating illness, expected to grow to 5.4 million in 2030. With knee replacements on the rise as a result, (with a 54 per cent increase in total knee replacements from 2002 to 2012), and waits for similar clinics in the public system up to 9 months, the day program at Hunters Hill Private has been enthusiastically embraced by local residents. “The program educates patients on how to get in and out of cars, how to vacuum and cook with arthritis, and essentially how to equip and empower patients to manage day to day tasks and keep them out of hospital,” says Hunters Hill Private CEO Heidi Bayliss. Arthritis NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Vincent and Hunters Hill Private Hospital CEO Heidi Bayliss embrace the hospital day clinic for arthritis by the pool. She said the individually tailored program also includes a full musculoskeletal assessment along with dietary advice (every extra kg is equated to a fourfold increase in force through the knee joint). Weight loss strategies are increasingly becoming an important part of arthritis programs, with the Lancet Medical Journal recently reporting there are now more obese people on the planet than underweight people. HOSPITAL NEWS Mt Wilga takes out award at Hornsby Business Awards Mt Wilga staff and volunteers are smiling after winning the Health Improvement Service Category at the 2016 Hornsby Business Awards in November. Mt Wilga has been an integral part of the community for over 60 years. Tracey Ricco, Mt Wilga’s Executive Commercial Manager proudly accepted the Award on behalf of staff and volunteers. “This Award is testament to the dedication and commitment of everyone at Mt Wilga. Everyone has an integral role to play in helping our patients get back on their feet after surgery, illness or accident”. Mt Wilga were also a finalist for Outstanding Café. Tracey also highlighted that “Our café and facilities are such an important meeting place for patients and their friends and families and we strive to deliver excellent customer service in all aspects of our business”. Strathfield Private Hospital has made the Top 10 Hospitals list in Australia for Medical Team Recommendation, according to a new HCF hospital patient experience study of 11,000 patients. “We are proud and delighted that in such a big national poll Strathfield has been recommended by patients for patients; and that they would trust their nearest and dearest with our medical care,” said Hospital CEO Paul Darcy. He said that Strathfield Private continues to make inroads in cardiac care. “The hospital was one of the first hospitals in Australia to perform commercially available private heart surgery, and our doctors recently implanted our first TAVI which means we can now replace a valve without even cutting the patient’s chest.” He said elderly patients are also benefiting from the hospital’s cardiac care with survival rates in patients who undergo complex cardiac surgery even in their 80s well above the standard international benchmark. Keith Hayden, 94, a retired farmer who also served with the RAAF in the Pacific Islands, is one patient who benefited from the hospital’s cardiac innovations after undergoing a valve replacement in his 90s. “The only problem is that you have to be sick to go there,” said the cheeky nonagenarian. Other key findings of the study revealed that private hospitals outperformed public– the average recommendation score for private hospitals was 9 out of 10 and public hospitals 8.3 out of 10. Strathfield Private Hospital rated as a Top 10 Hospital in study of 11,000 patients KAREENA REHAB TURNS 10 Kareena Private Hospital celebrates 10 years of quality rehabilitation services this year- a major milestone for the hospital. The rehabilitation unit was officially opened in August 2006 with a small team of three physiotherapists, one occupational therapist, a rehabilitation manager and rehabilitation physician Dr Philip Conroy. With a growing demand for rehabilitation services the department now employees over 30 staff that make up the team. Since the launch of the rehabilitation unit the department has seen many transformations. The Day Rehab program was introduced in 2011 with a state of the art gym and hydrotherapy pool while a second gym was constructed early this year. Sarah Collison, Tracey Ricco & Justine Hick accepting the award. Members of the Strathfield Private Hospital medical team which made the top 10 hospitals list for medical recommendation.
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