Balmain Hospital with this wonderful combination of brick and stucco plaster architectural design is a community based hospital which has been caring for people since 1885 and is dedicated to Aged Care, Rehabilitation and General Practice. Balmain Hospital is committed to providing the highest standards of health care, to meet individual needs. General Practice Casualty (GPC) Balmain Hospital provides GP services treating minor illnesses and injuries for patients when their GP is unavailable. The GPC is supported by the Hospital Xray Department 9.00am – 4.30pm daily, plus physiotherapy and pathology services Monday-Friday. The GPC also runs an ambulatory care clinic which provides care for patients requiring treatment such as intravenous antibiotics, anticoagulants and dressings. Patients can self refer. Referrals otherwise may come from local General Practitioners, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Emergency Department or wards and local Community Nurses. Opening Hours: 8.00am – 10.00pm seven days. Patients with serious illness or who need to see a doctor outside these hours should go to nearby Royal Prince Alfred Hospital which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Inpatients Balmain Hospital plays an important role in the provision of aged care services and rehabilitation and receives the majority of its inpatients from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Two Geriatric Wards are supported by Social Workers, Dieticians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Pathologists. The Rehabilitation Ward provides goal orientated therapy to address deficits imposed on patients by disease or a traumatic incident. Balmain Hospital also operates a Transitional Care Unit which is a slow stream, goal oriented rehabilitation/residential service. Patients are transferred into the Unit from Hospitals across the Area Health Service when they are medically stable. The Unit offers an extended stay of up to 12 weeks. Clinics The Hospital also provides clinics to provide treatment and advice in diabetes, nutrition, podiatry, continence, homeopathy, and medical acupuncture.