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Therapy Unit

The Therapy Unit provides outpatient neurological occupational therapy and physiotherapy to people over the age of 16 who:

  • have physical or cognitive problems because of a neurological diagnosis, such as Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury;
  • have problems with balance or walking;
  • are able to travel.

     

The role of the team is to:

  • carry out a comprehensive assessment
  • discuss and agree an appropriate treatment plan to improve function or prevent deterioration
  • continue treatment after discharge from hospital
  • help avoid admission to hospital if possible
  • provide specialist advice and education, to support management of a neurological or long term condition

     

The Team includes:

  • Physiotherapy: Within the Therapy Unit we have a dedicated team of four physiotherapists who will be able to offer you a course of treatment to address specific issues such as gait, posture, balance, muscle strength and function. We encouage self-management of long-term conditions and offer home exercise programmes to support this. We endeavour to help you to create meaningful goals to focus on in physiotherapy and empower you to achieve these.

    We have experience with ankle foot orthoses, functional electrical stimulation, vestibular rehabilitation and facial rehabilitation. We also offer a weekly mobility aid clinic and a weekly strengthening and balance group.
     
  • Occupational Therapy: We provide assessment and intervention to enable an individual to engage in meaningful daily life skills that promote independence and enhance their health and wellbeing, through practising specific tasks or via specialist treatment interventions.

    Types of treatment could include support to improve upper limb function including rehabilitation and fabrication of splints, support to return to work, fatigue management education, cognitive rehabilitation, advice for driving and support to engage in meaningful activity. We can also offer a one-off home/environment visit to assess your needs with regards to a specific functional activity.
     
  • Therapy Support Workers: Assess for equipment; carry out therapy programmes set up by a therapist and help with practice of tasks.

    We pride ourselves with working jointly with members of the multi-disciplinary team including consultants and psychologists and can offer sessions jointly with physiotherapy and occupational therapy when appropriate to address specific goals and interventions.

     

Referrals 

Referrals can be made by GP’s or other health and social care professionals if you have a diagnosed neurological condition.  Self-referral is not currently available. We do not accept referrals for chronic fatigue syndrome and do not provide a musculo-skeletal service.

 

Where will I be seen?

Your treatment sessions will take place in the Therapy Unit in the Local Care Centre, Mount Gould Hospital. You will be seen in either a gym environment or clinic room.

 

How long will I be at my appointment?

We hope that you will be seen at your appointment time or within 30 minutes of that time. Occasionally there will be unavoidable delays, but the clinical staff will keep you informed. Your initial assessment is usually about an hour long with follow-up appointments being approximately 45 minutes, but the length of your session will be tailored to your needs.

 

What to bring with you:

  • Your appointment letter or card
  • Any letters from your Consultant, GP, specialist nurse etc
  • Details of any medication you're taking
  • Your diary or calendar so future appointments can be arranged if necessary.