CALHN services come together at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre

Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre will become home to a new range of CALHN services over the coming weeks and months, bringing new life to the site.

These services will continue the site’s proud history of providing much needed healthcare for patients who no longer require care in an acute hospital setting.

Jane de Bruyn, Clinical Program Delivery Manager says “Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre has for many years provided high quality rehabilitation services for patients, helping them to regain functional skills, maximise their independence and improve their quality of life.

“With the Statewide Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury Rehabilitation services relocating to purpose-built facilities at the Repat Health Precinct early next year, we are really pleased to welcome new CALHN services, staff and patients to the site.”

The move has already started with the Geriatric Evaluation Management Unit, also known as GEMU, opening at Hampstead in October.

Later this month, Ward 2A – which has for the past 18 months been occupied by the Department for Human Services’ Transition to Home program – will return to CALHN management. This ward will reopen for patients who have completed their stay in an acute hospital care or rehabilitation setting and are awaiting community accommodation or services to support their discharge.

Also to call Hampstead home is CALHN’s Care Awaiting Placement (CAP) Program, which will move to the Centre in early 2022 following the relocation of the State-wide Rehabilitation Service to the Repat Health Precinct.

CALHN’s Care Awaiting Placement program was previously based at St Margaret’s Hospital prior to a sewer pipe bursting at the 145-year-old facility in May 2021. Since then, the CAP program have been based at Southern Cross Care, Lourdes Valley.

The relocation of the Care Awaiting Placement program to Hampstead will provide these patients with increased access to CALHN medical and allied health services, in an environment suited to their health care needs.

“While there really have been many moving parts to this, we are pleased to be able to bring these important CALHN services together at Hampstead and I’d like to thank everyone who has worked to achieve this,” Ms de Bruyn said.

“No one should stay in an acute hospital longer than they need to, but we know that patients often need a bit more care and discharge planning before they can safely return to the community or to a Residential Aged care Facility, and Hampstead is the perfect facility for this.

“Patients coming into these programs will have access to the medical, nursing and allied health services they need in an environment suited to their health care needs.

“Making these subacute beds available will also help create additional capacity in the Royal Adelaide Hospital as it prepares to treat patients with COVID-19. We expect these services will benefit many patients over the coming months and we look forward to welcoming them, along with their families and carers, to Hampstead,” Ms de Bruyn said.

The repair works at St Margaret’s Hospital have now been completed and the site will become home to clients from the Department For Human Services’ Transition to Home program under DHS governance and care.​