Rotorua Hospital gets the big tick for rehab outcomes
22/11/2018 4:27:59 p.m.

Thursday 22 November 2018

Rotorua Hospital gets the big tick for significantly improving rehab outcomes


The Older Persons and Rehabilitation Service (OPRS), Rotorua Hospital is thrilled to be named as one of only three New Zealand facilities to be recognised by the Australian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC) for significantly improving rehabilitation outcomes.

The rehab team members were at the AROC forum in Auckland this week when the certificate of achievement was presented. AROC manages the registry for all rehabilitation units across New Zealand and Australia, and as part of that work receives data on all rehabilitation patients on a twice yearly basis.

OPRS Social Worker Anne Beets is the data contact person, liaising with AROC. Anne says that means she helps chase any missing data to make sure the bi annual reports accurately reflect the great job the OPRS team does. OPRS Receptionist and Admin Support Lyndsay Patterson enters the data that goes to AROC and is also integral in the process.

New Zealand facilities were measured against each other on function gain and length of stay, and also consideration given to type of impairment and case weighting due to other factors (see attached report) for Rotorua. The attached table is a bit of a summary showing that Rotorua improved over recent time and also that OPRS is doing very well with stroke outcomes and length of stay.

Rotorua Hospital’s OPRS was presented with a certificate that acknowledges the improved rehab outcomes.

Clinical Nurse Manager Karin Norman says the team members attending the forum were thrilled and the wider team is very happy to have the work of the unit recognised at a national and Australasian level.

Medicine Services Manager Jane Chittenden says she is very proud of the achievement and it is clear evidence of the success of the way in which the multi disciplinary team is working together.

“The award shows a clarity of understanding of what the staff in the service need to provide. OPRS has gone through a lot of development in recent years and it’s really pleasing to see that all of that development and work has resulted in outstanding patient care,” said Jane Chittenden.