A new elective unit at Auckland City Hospital is reducing overnight stays for patients. Ward 62 is the orthopaedic elective unit refurbished to specialise mainly in joint replacements. The ward separates the elective patients from the acute patients giving them specialised care to get them moving quicker.
Rebecca Tapper is the charge nurse on Ward 62 and says it's a positive environment. "For acute patients, their world is falling apart whereas elective patients are getting their lives back. It's about normalising the process as much as possible and preparing as much as we can for their surgery and recovery."
Source: Catrin Owen, Auckland Now, stuff.co.nz
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