We provide a complete upper and lower limb rehabilitation service for patients requiring a prosthesis.
- We build and fit the most appropriate devices to support a patient's return to everyday activities
- We provide prosthetic rehabilitation for patients
- We offer orthotic management services for people in our wards
What we do
Our Prosthetics and Orthotics service prescribes, designs and fits the most appropriate device to ensure patients have the best functional outcome.
We care for and support people who need:
- Prosthetic rehabilitation – pre-surgery consultation and peer support services, as well as postoperative surgery support.
- Inpatient rehabilitation – complete upper and lower limb service for rehabilitation patients, including the provision of a prosthesis only if necessary. The prosthetists work closely with other therapists to educate patients about using their rehabilitation prosthesis.
- Outpatient rehabilitation – following discharge from a ward, patients continue to receive education and support about managing their prosthesis.
- Amputee Clinic – reviews and assessments to ensure the prosthesis is fitting appropriately, while making any necessary adjustments and modifications.
- Orthotic management – for people in our rehabilitation ward, aged care ward and neurotherapy patients. Orthotic devices such as ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) and foot orthoses (FOs) are among many devices we custom design.
We provide support to those requiring a prosthesis as a result of an accident, a congenital disorder or a medical reason (for example, diabetes). Our team works closely with other health professionals to ensure our patients receive the most appropriate prosthetic device and help them in getting back to doing everyday tasks,such as, walking, holding a glass and getting dressed.
We provide the following services:
- Preoperative consultations and assessments
- Immediate postoperative support and prosthetic intervention (such as a removable rigid dressing or RRD) and inpatient prosthetic rehabilitation
- Outpatient rehabilitation
- Definitive prosthetic program, with ongoing management
- Inpatient orthotic services for aged care, neurotherapy and rehabilitation
- Patient education
We work closely with the following services:
|The RMH Royal Park
|The RMH Parkville
|Prosthetics & Orthotics Clinic
|The RMH Royal Park
Direct Access Unit
We accept GP and specialist referrals:
- Use the RMH Community Services Referral Form, the RMH GP Referral Form or a template from your own system
- Complete and fax your referral to Direct Access Unit on (03) 8387 2217
DAU welcomes phone enquiries. Contact us on (03) 8387 2333 to discuss potential or existing referrals.
Referrals should include:
- Relevant clinical history
- Reason for referral
- Patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
- Your details and provider number
- Name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)
- Investigation reports related to the referral
Referrals are triaged based on priority. In an emergency, patients can go to the Emergency & Trauma Service at any time.
For advice, urgent referrals and out of hours support, call The RMH Switchboard on (03) 9342 7000 to page our registrar on call.
HealthPathways Melbourne provides guidance on best practice assessment and management of common medical conditions, including when and where to refer patients.
Parkville Connect is a secure web-based portal providing GPs, specialists and other health professionals with information in the Parkville electronic medical record (EMR).
What to bring
Every time you come
Every time you come in for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:
- Medicare card
- Health Care card (if you have one)
- Concession card (if you have one)
- Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
- Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
- X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
- Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
- Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)
For a clinic appointment
If you come for a clinic appointment, you should also bring:
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- Your appointment book (if relevant)
- TAC or WorkCover claim number
Interpreters & cultural support
We provide qualified, professional interpreters to help you communicate with us at any time during your stay and at your clinic appointments.
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