The inpatient physiotherapy department is primarily concerned with the treatment of adult patients.
The 26 members of the physiotherapy staff are grouped into four teams offering a comprehensive range of services to adult patients including:
- rehabilitation aiming for optimal level of independence;
- respiratory care for patients in intensive care, following surgery or with chronic respiratory disease including emergency service at night and weekends;
- use of techniques to reduce pain and improve the range of movement of joints;
- Involvement in safe, appropriate discharge planning.
Treatment programmes may include: exercise therapy, neurological and amputee rehabilitation, respiratory care and health education and advice including education for carers.
Medical and elderly teams look after patients with complex physical, social, functional and discharge issues providing rehabilitation for the patients before returning home or having further therapy in a community intermediate care facility. This team is also involved in facilitating safe and timely discharge from the acute assessment unit and the accident and emergency unit.
The orthopaedic team works with patients following a variety of trauma and elective surgery. The physiotherapists provide patients with individual exercise programmes to help increase joint range improve muscle power and restore function. They also assist the patients to regain their mobility in order to be discharged safely. Information is provided to elective patients due to come into hospital for a total hip replacement or total knee replacement at a pre-education session. A senior physiotherapist and technical instructor review all patients after their total knee replacement and provide outpatient physiotherapy in a follow up group clinic
The neurological team provides assessment and intervention for patients with complex neurological conditions. Patients are seen in the wards and where possible rehabilitation is provided in the gym. There is a strong emphasis on team working with other therapy colleagues. There is also an acute 16-bed stroke unit, which provides acute rehabilitation for patients who have had strokes.
The surgical team works in the intensive care units providing respiratory care and early rehabilitation to ensure good functional outcomes following critical illnesses. This team is also responsible for the respiratory and rehabilitation service in the surgical and gynaecological wards and also run the acute amputation rehabilitation programme.
Physiotherapy in the in patients department is mainly available during office hours during the week.
Emergency on call respiratory services are available 24/7.
Mobility week end services are available to patients who received elective orthopaedic surgery, surgery for fractured neck of femur, and any other patient who need the provision of a walking aid to be discharge.