Benalla Health has a 24-bed acute ward, with the scope to add extra beds if needed. There are four single rooms with the remaining rooms being doubles. Most rooms have ensuites and all rooms have views to the magnificent gardens that encompass the hospital grounds.
The nursing staff employed in the ward are highly skilled practitioners.
The acute ward provides care for a diverse group of patients with a significant focus on the elderly, palliative care patients, cardiac patients, diabetes management, rehabilitation, general medical patients and those awaiting placement in other facilities, such as nursing homes.
The unit has four portable cardiac monitoring units allowing patients to move around the hospital if needed, while still providing the staff with the opportunity to monitor their heart rate and rhythm.
Benalla Health provides an opportunity for local residents to return to Benalla for convalescence following treatment at other hospitals. This allows families to be reunited in a timely manner and decreases the stress that occurs with loved ones being separated.
As well as the nursing and allied health staff, there are porters, administrative staff, cleaners, menu monitors and catering staff who all provide an exceptional level of support and care to the patients.
The ward has access to local allied health staff, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, infection control nurses, wound care nurses, diabetes educators, district nursing, community services, social worker, pharmacists, day activities and many more.
There is also access to regional services such as Council services, aged care assessment teams, psychiatric care, alcohol and drug management programs as well as other regional programs.
The philosophy of this ward is person-centered care. Benalla Health staff listen to patients and determine their plan of care with the patient's needs in mind.
Patients are encouraged to remain as independent as possible throughout their stay at Benalla Health, thereby limiting any functional decline. Early walking, getting dressed into their own clothes, sitting up for meals and participating in hospital activities are all a means of minimising functional decline, the risk of clots and fostering general well being.
The ward has two inside sitting areas and many areas in the garden to sit, where patients and families can sit together and talk or eat their meals.