WDHB Board members visit AT&R (Caption story)
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Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) members discuss rehabilitation equipment while visiting Wanganui Hospital's Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation (AT&R) ward late last week.
 
Hosted by AT&R Clinical Nurse Manager Tina van Bussel and Strategic Advisor Specialist Health of the Older Person and Rehabilitation Jennie Fowler, board members learned that a single patient can be treated by a multi-disciplinary team of occupational therapists, activities officers, physiotherapists, social workers, case workers, registered nurses, doctors, dieticians and speech language therapists.
 
In addition to daily meetings with their patients, the team holds twice weekly meetings to discuss patient progress and the AT&R service continues to support patients once they move back to the community. 
 
Unbeknown to many, AT&R is the home base of the Rapid Response Team. Wanganui Hospital was the first hospital in the country to establish a multi-disciplinary Rapid Response Team which continues to attract wide interest from out-of-town clinicians who also visit the highly regarded AT&R ward.


 
From left to right: WDHB board member Philippa Baker-Hogan; AT&R Clinical Nurse Manager Tina van Bussel; board members Judith McDonald (WRPHO CEO), Alan Anderson and Kate Joblin (Chair); Strategic Advisor Specialist Health of the Older Person and Rehabilitation Jennie Fowler.


 
From left: WDHB Chair Kate Joblin tests rehabilitation equipment with the help of physiotherapist Helen Davis.