Information for Inpatient Services

The medical specialist you see at the Movement Disorders Clinic may recommend that you be admitted to the Movement Disorders ward, North West 1 (NW1), Kingston Centre.

The reasons for admission to ward NW1 may include:

  • Adjustment of medications under close supervision of medical specialist and specialist nurses.
  • Intensive rehabilitation by allied health professionals.
  • Before and after deep brain stimulator surgery.
  • Before and after introduction of Duodopa.

Services offered – our team of health professionals who are all specialised in movement disorders include:

  • Neurologists
  • Geriatrician
  • Dietitian
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Social workers
  • Speech pathologists

 What to expect

  • Assessment by all health professionals to be involved in your care.
  • Frequent monitoring of symptoms relating to your Movement Disorder by the nursing staff.
  • Daily attendance at the physio gym if indicated.
  • Home visit by occupational therapist if required.
  • Input from speech therapist if required.
  • Input from social worker if required.
  • Assessment from neuropsychologist if required.
  • Daily review by the ward doctor.
  • Weekly team meetings where health professionals discuss and review your health care plan. The key liaison person will provide you with a verbal summary of the plan after the meeting.
  • Family meetings if required.
  • Pharmacy will supply all of your medications while you are in the ward.
  • At discharge, pharmacy will supply you with one month’s worth of medications.

Is there a fee for the inpatient service?

If you hold a current Medicare card who will not be charged a fee when you use the inpatient services.

Pharmacy provides all medications at no cost for inpatient stays. At discharge, pharmacy will supply you with one month’s worth of medications. This will be charged to the patient as per the standard PBS rate (concession rate if applicable).

If you need to attend another hospital, for example Monash Medical Centre Clayton, for scans or other investigations while an inpatient at Kingston Centre, you will not incur any costs.

Do you need a referral?

The specialist from the Kingston Centre’s Movement Disorders Clinic will arrange for your admission to the North West 1 ward located at the Kingston Centre.

You will receive a phone call from the Monash Health bed access department when a bed is available.

Is there are waiting time?

The wait time for a bed, depending on the demand,  can vary from days to weeks. If your admission is considered to be urgent, the specialist will bring your admission day forward.

The Monash Health bed access department will contact you the day before or on the day that a bed becomes available.

Will my GP get a letter?

Your GP will be sent a summary letter after your stay in NW1. This letter will summarise the main interventions that you received while you were an inpatient plus your ongoing medical plan.

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