Dietitian

Royal Rehabilitation hospital prides itself with its own fully fitted certified halaal kitchen and in house registered dietitian. The kitchen staff and dietitian work together to ensure patients receive nutritious meals suited to their specific needs. These include specialised diets such as diabetic, renal, hypertensive, cardiac, soft, puree and light diets. Meals are individualised per patients’ preferences and consistency requirements.

Furthermore, there are patients who may be unable to eat orally. Here the dietitian is equipped to prescribe specialised feeds using feeding tubes as a means of feeding patients. These patients include head injury, stroke, cancer and post-operative patients to name a few.
Patients, caregivers and families are also educated and provided with advice, reading material and guidance on how to prepare meals and feeding methods after discharge.

Good nutrition is imperative to optimal healing, improving overall health and wellbeing and reducing hospital length of stay in patients.

Speech Therapy

The Speech Therapy Department is an important and relatively active section within rehabilitation services at the Hospital. It which works in collaboration with other medical and allied healthcare disciplines within our valued multidisciplinary framework. Our speech therapy team manages disorders of speech, language, communication and swallowing in children and adults.

Speech therapy is focused on the prevention, diagnosis, habilitation and rehabilitation of communication, swallowing, or other disorders. This also includes elective (optional) modification of communication behaviors through socialization and group exercises and the enhancement of communication.

The speech therapy team works with almost all medical departments within the Pietermaritzburg hospitals, building an effective working relationship in a collaborative environment and ensuring continuity of care. In terms of providing specialized care, the department offers the following:

Speech and language delay/disorders
• Voice and swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
• Communication therapy.
• Patients needing assistive devices such as speaking valves or voice prosthesis
• Augmentative and alternative communication systems
• VitalStim therapy for dysphagia patients (uses electrical stimulation with swallowing exercises)
Our team is dynamic and we complement each other to provide the best care possible.

Occupational Therapy
We as occupational therapists at Royal Rehabilitation Hospital help patients who have suffered some degree of disability or injury by looking at them holistically as a person. We look at their physical, cognitive and emotional components to allow participation in meaningful daily activities such as leisure, self-care and productivity. This is done through treating the impairments, adapting the environment and providing assistive devices to enable independence.
The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to participate independently in their activities of daily living.
Social Worker
We as social workers are mainly concerned with helping individuals and families to enhance their individual and collective well-being. Our primary aim is to help people develop their skills and their ability to us their own resources to resolve problems.
Psychologist
Our psychologist at Royal Hospital help patients with a wide range of health problems and use an assortment of evidence-based treatments to help people improve their lives. We most often use psychotherapy or talk therapy. There are different styles of therapy, but our psychologist choses the best type of therapy to address the patient’s problem and one that best fits the patient’s characteristics and preferences.
Some common types of therapy are cognitive, behavioural, cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal, humanistic, psychodynamic or a combination of a few therapy styles. Some patients may talk to a psychologist because they have felt depressed, angry or anxious for a long time. Or, they want help for a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives of physical health.

Physiotherapist
As physiotherapists at Royal Rehabilitation Hospital we help patients with physical difficulties resulting from illness, injury, disability or ageing to improve their movement. musculoskeletal which is also called orthopaedic physiotherapy and is used to treat conditions such as sprains, brain pain, arthritis, strains, incontinence, bursitis, posture problems, sport and workplace injuries, plus reduced mobility. Rehabilitation following surgery is also included within this category. We devise treatment programmes using manual therapy (such as a massage), therapeutic exercise and electrotherapy. Electrotherapy is the use of electric currents passed through the body to stimulate nerves and muscles, chiefly in the treatment of various forms of paralysis. We also educate patients on how to self-manage their long term chronic conditions.
Our patients include children, the elderly, stroke patients and people with sports injuries.

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