The rehabilitation centre at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough has opened 18 beds designed to help speed up the recovery of patients.
The £3.8m, Fred & Ann Green Rehabilitation Centre, which opened in October, is the first of its kind in the UK. Last week the eighteen single en-suite rooms opened at the centre as part of the Adwick Ward and Wentworth Unit.
The single rooms have been specially designed to help people who are recovering from stroke, road traffic accidents, amputations, serious falls and other conditions or events that require intensive therapeutic, medical and nursing care.
Unlike a traditional hospital unit, every aspect of the Fred & Ann Green Rehabilitation Centre has been specially designed and built to promote recovery and to support patients in returning to ordinary daily life. Features include a training bathroom, training kitchen, training bedroom and even a training laundry, as well as an IT suite and quiet spaces where patients can spend time reading or practising other skills as part of their recovery.
Patients wear their own clothes and are encouraged to be up and about all day, using the kitchen facilities to make hot drinks, breakfast or snacks as if they were at home. There are normal household stairs and carpets, as well as the shallower steps usually found in hospitals, to help patients get used to walking on different surfaces in readiness for going home.
There are even two flats in the centre where patients and a relative or carer can spend their final days before leaving hospital to get used to living in a normal domestic environment again after their illness or injury.The rehabilitation programme runs seven days a week, from 7am to 7pm, and is delivered by a team that includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants among others.