Day Patient Rehabilitation Program

Waratah Private Hospital Day Rehabilitation Programs are specifically designed to help patients restore and improve their function. Programs are directed by a rehabilitation specialist and consist of a tailored combination of physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, exercise physiology, occupational therapy and group education sessions which are all provided in our new Waratah Rehabilitation Centre located on the Mezzanine floor.

What is Day Rehabilitation?

Day Rehabilitation is a program for patients who have established rehabilitation needs but do not require overnight care in an inpatient rehabilitation unit.

The program provides a combination of different therapies either in a 1.5 hour (half day) or 3 hour (full day) session, two to three times a week, with the aim of getting you back to normal function following medical illness, injury or surgery.

Our comprehensive rehabilitation programs are targeted to individual needs, providing a combination of the following therapies:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy

Our Day Rehabilitation team are committed to providing rehabilitation programs that ensure you not only recover quicker and stronger, but that you also have the tools to manage your condition once discharged from the program.

Am I eligible for the Day Rehabilitation Program?

If you have recently had surgery or a medical illness that has left you with a loss of walking ability, strength, or general function, then you may be eligible to participate in one of our rehabilitation programs. If you are unsure if your condition meets the eligibility criteria, please contact the Waratah Rehabilitation Centre on (02) 9598 0690.

Do I need a referral?

To attend a Day Rehabilitation Program, a referral from a medical practitioner is required. This referral can be from your surgeon, specialist, or even your GP. Doctor’s letters are accepted, however our referral form can be downloaded here, or a paper copy can be obtained from our Day Rehabilitation Team.

Am I covered for this program?

As our rehabilitation programs are provided in a hospital setting, they fall under the category of hospital cover. Most major health funds provide full cover for our rehab programs. Veteran’s Affairs, Workers compensation and CTP claims are also accepted.

Patients who are not privately insured may discuss hospital fees with the hospital’s admission team on (02) 9598 0690.

What kinds of Day Rehabilitation programs does Waratah Private Hospital offer? 

Our Orthopaedic/Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation program is specifically tailored for patients who:

  • Have undergone joint replacement or other joint-related surgery (knee arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair)
  • Have suffered trauma or a fracture
  • Have undergone spinal surgery
  • Have ongoing lower back pain

General Reconditioning is specifically tailored for patients who:

  • Have undergone a surgical procedure
  • Have experienced an extended hospital stay
  • Have experienced a decline in their general function

Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to creating new rehabilitation programs. These new programs include cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, which will be rolled out in 2018.

Will lunch be provided?

Morning/afternoon tea is provided for the half-day program. The full-day program includes a light lunch. If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact us on (02) 9598 0690.