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Southern DHB Assessment Treatment & Rehabilitation Services (AT&R) - Southland

Public Service, Older People's Health


AT&R Inpatient Services

Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation inpatient services are provided in a 30 bed ward with a physiotherapy gym and occupational therapy facilities.

AT&R Outpatient Services

Medical outpatient clinics are held two days a week (Tues and Wed PM).

AT&R Community Services

Provides a community based assessment, treatment and rehabilitation service to patients in their homes and in community settings.

AT&R Staff Include

Geriatricians are specialist doctors who are trained in the conditions that commonly affect older people as well as how the aging body’s needs change with respect to all illnesses.

Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function.  They review what you need to assist with walking and provide equipment if needed as well as exercises aimed to improve movement, pain, weakness or balance.  They usually see you at home or in the gym depending on your needs.
Occupational Therapists are experts in function.  They look at what you do during the day and what might help to achieve things you are struggling with.  They usually see you in your home environment to look at how you manage.
Speech Therapists are experts in problems with speech and communication.  They are also experts in swallowing.
Dietitians are experts in nutrition and can give advice about diets to gain or lose weight as well as diets that help with certain illnesses.
Needs Assessors are experts in arranging support for you.  They organise funding for help in the home or going to a rest home.  They are able to advise you on what sort of help you may qualify for or benefit from.
Social Workers provide support for you and your family.  They are able to provide counselling to get through difficult times as well as advice about your rights as a patient.
Nurses in this team are specially trained in conditions affecting older people and may be involved in your follow up to provide practical advice at home and provide feedback to your specialist or GP.

Referral Expectations

Referrals are accepted from secondary care and directly from primary care via ERMS and Internal Consult referral system.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Memory Problems

    There are several types of memory problems people can have.   If you are referred because of memory concerns it is very helpful to bring along a family member.  It is also very important to bring all of your medications with you as these can often affect memory.  A full medical… More

  • Dementia

    This is a condition of gradual loss of memory and other functions of awareness or thinking such as concentration over time.  There are several types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, which is due to the same sort of illnesses that cause stroke.  More

  • Falls

    These are not a natural part of aging.  There are many reasons why people fall over and a review of your medical problems and medications may well reveal some reasons for falling that can be fixed.  If you have lots of falls, seeing a specialist as well as the physiotherapist… More

  • Strokes

    A stroke is where the blood supply to an area of the brain is interrupted causing damage to brain cells.  This happens either with a clot in the blood vessel or the blood vessel bursting.  The effects of a stroke depend on where in the brain, and how big, the… More

  • Urinary Incontinence

    Urinary incontinence or a loss of bladder control is the involuntary passage of urine.… More

  • Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens your bones. Osteoporosis is not painful but it makes your bones more prone to breaking (fracture).  Women are more likely than men to suffer from osteoporosis and as you get older you are more likely to have it.… More

Visiting Hours

Visiting Hours are generally 2-6pm unless alternative arrangements made with the Charge Nurse or ACNM.


Parking for visitors to AT&R can be found via Gate 3 access off Kew Road.

Contact Details

Ground Floor, Rehab Ward (AT&R Service)

Outpatient email:  

REACH Team email:

Kew Road
Southland 9812

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Street Address

Kew Road
Southland 9812

Postal Address

Southland Hospital
PO Box 828
Invercargill 9840

This page was last updated at 11:48AM on February 15, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Assessment Treatment & Rehabilitation Services (AT&R) - Southland.