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Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy aims to promote health and wellbeing through everyday activities. Members of the hospital's occupational therapy team may see adult inpatients to help identify how an accident, illness or disability is affecting their functional ability in daily tasks.

Occupational therapists (sometimes referred to as OTs) will assess a patient's functional abilities and help them and their family to plan for how they are going to manage on discharge from hospital.

Recommendations will be made concerning the level of support the patient may need and we will liaise with social services colleagues and community care teams to facilitate safe and timely discharge.

Areas that the occupational therapy team may address include:

  • Personal care
  • Domestic tasks
  • Mobility and transfers
  • Cognition
  • Assessment for equipment and adaptations to promote independence
  • Assessment of home environment
  • Advise on compensatory techniques
  • Manual handling and risk assessment.

Our aim is to enable people to function at an optimum level despite their impairment and help them return back to their usual residence in the community as soon as medically fit.

Occupational therapy is part of the therapy services department, which also includes physiotherapy, orthotics and speech and language therapy.

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Contact us: 0300 019 2108

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.10am-4.30pm

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