Rehabilitation and medical care may be offered to patients following referral from your General Practitioner or Specialist. This may involve treatment as an inpatient or outpatient.
Common conditions requiring rehabilitation include:
- Orthopaedic (including fractures, joint replacement surgery, multitrauma and muscle tears)
- Neurological (including spinal surgery, spinal cord injury, brain surgery, traumatic brain injury and stroke)
- Spasticity and botulinum toxin injections (Botox, Dysport and Xeomin)
- Pain management
- General deconditioning following major illness
- Respiratory illness
- Cardiac illness
Admission to the Rehabilitation Unit may be offered following surgery and major medical conditions. In such cases your specialist will need to make a referral to the medical practice. Following review by Dr Warren Jennings-Bell, a rehabilitation admission may be offered and you would then be transferred to the Rehabilitation Unit at Calvary St John’s Hospital in South Hobart. Here a rehabilitation program will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team, including the rehabilitation medicine specialist, nurses and allied health professionals. At Calvary St John’s we offer a fully equipped gymnasium to help you achieve your goals and better manage your health.
Sometimes rehabilitation may be possible as an outpatient and in such cases you will require a referral from your General Practitioner or Specialist. An appointment can be made to see Dr Warren Jennings-Bell in the Calvary St John’s Hospital Sessional Suite. Outpatient care may then involve attending therapy sessions with allied health professionals.
Botulinum toxin injections
Sometimes following injury or illness to the brain or spinal cord, muscles in the upper and lower limbs may become tight and cause pain, joint deformities, hygiene problems and functional impairment for individuals. This is referred to as spasticity. Intramuscular injections of botulinum toxin may be an option to alleviate such problems.
Spasticity is a special area of interest for Dr Jennings-Bell and he is a recognised expert in ultrasound-guided intramuscular injections of botulinum toxin. Dr Jennings-Bell teaches local trainees how to perform this procedure and is recognised Australia wide, having been invited to train other specialists across the country. He has been appointed as a consultant for Allergan, makers of Botox, and has travelled to Europe and Asia to participate in expert meetings and workshops.
After an initial assessment by Dr Jennings-Bell, an appointment can be made to perform this procedure in his rooms.