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Recovery after surgery – you don’t have to do it alone

One of the most reassuring things about being in hospital is knowing you have expert care at the touch of a button. Every time a nurse comes to check on you, you can ask them questions and raise any concerns you might have. It’s good to know that help is also available for you at home. St John of God Health Choices General Manager Tom McConnell explains.

Hospital care in your home

When you return home after orthopaedic surgery you might feel a little worried about caring for yourself.

Going home, it can feel like you are all alone, but our home visiting nurses are able to answer any concerns or questions you may have relating to your care while delivering a high standard of clinical care and expertise in the comfort of your own home.

We can also liaise with your specialist and/or your GP, to ensure prompt and appropriate intervention is provided in a timely manner.

Through St John of God Health Choices, one of our experienced home visiting nurses can come to your home to help care for your wound and general wellbeing. 

St John of God Health Choices home nursing

Our home visiting nurses

Our home visiting nurses can provide a range of treatments after your orthopaedic surgery, including:

  • complex and simple wound management – changing and maintenance of vacuum assisted closure (VAC) wound dressings
  • drain management – monitoring, maintenance and removal 
  • IV antibiotics - used to treat various conditions such as pneumonia, cellulitis or osteomyelitis
  • anticoagulation treatment – used to treat deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism i.e. Clexane administration.

After surgery home nursing support is available in:

Perth

Tel: 1300 475 442
Email: hc.perth@sjog.org.au

Melbourne/Berwick

Tel: 1300 475 442
Email: hc.melbourne@sjog.org.au

Ballarat

Tel: (03) 9278 1775
Email:  hc.ballarat@sjog.org.au

Bendigo 

Tel: (03) 5434 3348
Email: hc.bendigo@sjog.org.au

Geelong

Tel: (03) 4245 7004
Email: hc.geelong@sjog.org.au

Warrnambool

Tel: (03) 9278 1772
Email: hc.warrnambool@sjog.org.au

Outpatient care

Additionally, once you have left hospital, you may still be able to access outpatient programs to help you recover.

These programs, which can be individual or group based, give you access to our allied health professionals including physiotherapists and occupational therapists who focus on getting you moving again.

You may be able to use rehabilitation gyms and hydrotherapy pools at our hospitals as well while you get back to your best.

Inpatient rehabilitation

Sometimes, you may need to stay a bit longer in hospital to start your rehabilitation.

Some of our hospitals offer longer term rehabilitation where you can stay as an inpatient and get intensive support.

Your doctor will provide you with a recommendation for your ongoing care and remember to ask about all of your options so you don’t feel alone.

St John of God Health Care Tom McConnell
Tom McConnell General Manager St John of God Health Choices

About the Author

Tom McConnell is the General Manager for St John of God Health Choices. He has more than 10 years' experience as a nurse and nursing leader, including roles in development and training.

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