The Jamie Larcombe Centre update
Source: Transforming Health
Construction of the Jamie Larcombe Centre is on track with the site due to be handed over to SA Health in late September 2017. An opening ceremony, coordinated by Veterans SA on behalf of SA Health, will be held on 5 October 2017. The opening ceremony will provide an opportunity for the Veteran community and stakeholders to tour the new state-of-the-art facility. Jamie‘s family will be involved in this special event.
During November 2017, the Centre will commence operation with patients being moved from Ward 17 at the Repatriation General Hospital (RGH).
While the construction of the Jamie Larcombe Centre represents the visible work being undertaken, significant focus has been directed towards ensuring services available at the Jamie Larcombe Centre are aligned with the SA Health Model of Care for Veterans’ Mental Health Services. The services described in this bulletin are important components of the multidisciplinary Model of Care.
A physiotherapist and an exercise physiologist will be based at the Jamie Larcombe Centre. Other services such as podiatry, dietetics and speech pathology will be provided by visiting providers on a regular or as-needed basis. Hydrotherapy will continue to be offered where clinically indicated with inpatients being transported to Flinders Medical Centre.
The occupational therapy service will be increased to increase the number of younger patients. Discussions have also been undertaken to ensure the medication requirements of patients can be met. Due to the complex and unique health needs that many Veterans can have, the Jamie Larcombe Centre will be provided with regular sessions by a consultant medical physician. Specialist pain services, including nursing, have also been arranged.
Where possible the Centre will leverage existing SA Health services co-located at Glenside, including electroconvulsive therapy provided on site as well as after-hours medical services. SA Health is also in the process of securing corporate services, such as cleaning and grounds management.
On another note, Veteran patients at the Repatriation General Hospital (RGH) were recently given the opportunity to have input into the food service planned for the Jamie Larcombe Centre. A food tasting session was held with the Senior Dietician and RGH Food Services Manager, where participants sampled several portions of food, were able to ask questions and provided feedback.
Caption: The fireplace in the lounge room