The Skilled Nursing department at Augusta Victoria Hospital was founded in 2001 to provide specialized rehabilitation services to elderly patients in Jerusalem. The department is equipped with 23 beds and is currently working at full capacity, with an average stay of 184 days.
Patients in this unit have significant medical and nursing needs, including treatment for long-term illnesses and injuries such as cancer, stroke, heart disease, dementia, head trauma, Parkinson's disease, and diabetes complications. Many patients require regular physiotherapy and some rely on nasogastric tubes or ongoing dialysis.
One of the strengths of the Skilled Nursing department is its focus on providing comprehensive care that addresses all aspects of a patient's health needs, including nutrition, psychiatric evaluation, and social care. The department is also highly regarded for its welcoming and supportive atmosphere, with family members being able to visit at any time and staff being able to communicate with patients and their families in Arabic.
Patients and families have consistently expressed high levels of satisfaction with the care provided by the department.
Overall, the Skilled Nursing department at Augusta Victoria Hospital is a vital resource for geriatric care and services in Palestine, and its success provides a strong foundation for further expansion in this field.
The department is staffed by nine nurses, three physiotherapists, and a gerontologist, and is licensed to hold 23 patients.