Services for Seniors: Health Needs

The Lorne Community Hospital offers a number of ‘senior specific’ services, which includes;

Physiotherapy

LCH highly skilled and qualified physiotherapists aim to develop, restore and maintain the movement and functional ability of the body. Not only do they examine, diagnose and treat the immediate problem; they then teach you how to take care of yourself by showing you how to do exercises and how to use your body properly to gain mobility and strength to prevent recurring injury.

Our physiotherapist’s are available to community clients, in patients and aged care residents. Referrals can be made through a GP, or you can self-refer.

For further information, please contact Lorne Community Hospital on 5289 4300.

Occupation Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) is the use of assessment and treatment to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental, or cognitive disorder. Our Occupational Therapist specialises in working with children, rehabilitation and aged care, acute care, injury management and mental health.

Our Occupational Therapist is available to community clients, in patients and aged care residents. Referrals can be made through a GP, or you can self-refer.

For further information, please contact Lorne Community Hospital on 5289 4300.

Podiatrist

Our podiatrist specialises in the management of feet and related medical disorders. Podiatrists can diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions of the feet such as bunions, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails. Podiatrists also advise you regarding correct footwear and orthotics.

The Lorne Community Hospital is funded to provide podiatry under the Home and Community Care program. A District Nurse health assessment is required and fees depend on the client’s ability to pay. A Veterans (DVA) service is also available. Surf Coast Podiatry conducts a session once a month. The service is for people of all ages. This is a private service and fees will apply. Please phone Hospital reception for a podiatry appointment with either service.

District Nursing

The District Nursing service can accept referrals from clients, family and friends, as well as from other medical professionals. The home nursing service is available Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm. After hours and weekend visits can be arranged depending on clinical need. This service is supported by funding from the Australian and Victorian Governments under the HACC program.

For further information, please contact Lorne Community Hospital on 5289 4300.

Optometry

Lorne Community Hospital in conjunction with Deakin University has commenced providing an optometry service to anyone who wishes to have their eyes checked. This FREE service will run approximately every four weeks throughout the year on a Thursday and Friday. Optometrist consultations can involve eye testing (glaucoma, cataracts), advice regarding medical conditions (diabetes, hypertension), the recommendation of eye exercises and the prescription of glasses or contact lenses (if required).

For further information, please contact Lorne Medical Centre on 5289 4333.

Other non-senior specific services

Massage, dentist, osteopath, audiologist, gynaecologist, dietician/diabetes educator and psychologist.

For further information on any of the listed services, please contact LCH on 5289 4300