NHS Orkney

Assessment and Rehabilitation Ward


  What is the Assessment and Rehabilitation Ward?
The rehabilitation inpatient service provided by NHS Orkney is located within what was the St Ninian Ward and currently has 20 beds – three 5-bedded bays and five single rooms. It is staffed by a team of professionals, catering for the needs of people recovering from an illness or coping with a disability.
Who is in the Team?
The team consists of: Nurses, Support Workers, Doctors, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Rehabilitation Assistants, Podiatrists (Chiropodists), Speech & Language Therapists, Dietitians, and Social Workers. 
The Consultant teams are responsible for the patient’s medical care. Although medical staff are not based on the ward full time, there is always a doctor available should the patient become ill and need urgent medical attention.
How do you find us?
The Assessment and Rehabilitation Ward is situated beside the back car park of the Balfour Hospital. Enter through the covered entrance just along from the Macmillan unit; once in the corridor, our entrance is facing you.
What do we do?
The assessment and rehabilitation inpatient service caters for the needs of people recovering from an illness or coping with a disability.
Patients are admitted to the Assessment and Rehabilitation Ward from the Acute Ward within the Balfour and from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary who require a further period of hospital care, prior to being discharged.
Within the Assessment and Rehabilitation Ward, there is an emergency Mental Health Transfer bed for use only by patients requiring Acute Psychiatric care and who are in the process of being transferred off island to a mainland facility. GPs and CPNs provide the care, supported by the ward nursing team
We encourage an environment that is relaxed and informal, and a place where patients and their families feel comfortable and secure. Patients can relax in our large, airy conservatory, which has television and radio.
What do we aim to achieve?
The team works with patients to increase their independence whilst providing them with the care they need. In delivering care and treatment, we will follow the principles of recovery and enablement. This means that we will:
  • Accept that each patient is unique and an expert on him/herself
  • Encourage patients to have a sense of hope
  • Help patients to build on their individual strengths
  • Provide patients with choices and options
  • Assist and empower each patient to lead a full, active and purposeful life
The staff will assess the patient’s needs and with his/her agreement, plan a rehabilitation programme to ensure a safe and timely discharge from hospital. 
What should a patient expect?
Several members of the team will meet with each patient to discuss and plan his/her care and treatment whilst on the ward. The treatment and care may include:
  • Help with mobility and practising everyday tasks, using activities to overcome the effects of illness or disability
  • Solving medical concerns and issues concerning communication, diet, nutrition and swallowing difficulties
  • We will assist each patient and his/her family in discussing and planning a safe discharge.
The patient’s plan of care will be reviewed at weekly Interdisciplinary team meetings.
Meal Times
Breakfast is at 8.30am; Dinner/Lunch is at 12noon; Tea is at 5pm; and Supper is at 8pm
Protected Meal Times: Within the Assessment and Rehabilitation Ward, we encourage protected meal times for patients. This ensures that patients can eat their meals without interruption and that, if they need help, the nurses are available. Visiting is discouraged during meal times unless a relative or carer is actively involved in helping the patient to eat.
Visiting Times
There is ‘open visiting’ on the ward from 11am until 9pm. Alternative visiting may be arranged with a nurse, if needed; however, please remember, visiting is discouraged during meal times. Chairs are available for visitors and we request that visitors DO NOT SIT ON THE BEDS.
The door into the ward has the ability to be magnetically secured for the safety of our more vulnerable patients; nursing staff are readily available to discuss and assist patients and relatives/ visitors  in managing this aspect of the ward.
Spiritual Care
Leaders of all religious beliefs may be contacted; the patient just asks a member of the nursing staff.
We value feedback about our services. If patients and/or their families have any compliments, comments or complaints, please speak to a member of staff. There are also comments boxes situated throughout the hospital.
How to contact us

The telephone number for the ward is (01856) 888216
Useful Links
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