Occupational Therapy

Our state registered Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with people of all ages and conditions whose abilities may have changed following an illness, operation or disability.

Therapy involves assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.  Our OTs can teach you new ways to cope with all kinds of tasks and aim to promote independance in all aspects of daily life.

The Occupational Therapists are an integral part of the physiotherapy unit, working closely with consultants from all fields.


Occupational Therapy Services

The Occupational Therapy (OT) service within the hospital’s physiotherapy department is staffed by skilled an experienced practitioners dedicated to all aspects of rehabilitation.

Occupational therapy and physios share a lot of common ground but occupational therapy is there to help people recover and maintain function of the the movements and capabilities that are key to living a full and independent life.

While physio concentrates on restoring muscle, ligament and joint movement from injuries, occupational therapy focuses on moving patients towards an optimal life both physically and in terms of well-being. It aims to help a person make the best of their life at home and work. It is also often a core component of pain management with therapists designing self-management strategies that make it easier for patients to participate in daily activities. The Physiotherapy Unit’s occupational therapists can advise on safe adaptive body mechanics and ergonomics so that pain and restricted function do not force a patient to limit their social and work lives. The team will undertake a full assessment of the patient’s lifestyle and suggests interventions – ranging from modifying how they perform tasks to home exercise and relaxation programmes – to improve their ability to perform practical tasks and their quality of life.

Occupational Therapy is particularly effective at helping children with physical disabilities participate fully in school and social activities and also helping people experiencing physical or cognitive decline. It can mean the difference between being able to play with grandchildren or being frustrated by not having the skills to overcome physical limitations that can come with age. Treatment begins with a detailed assessment to understand the patient’s needs and goals. A strategy for improvement is devised with the patient to improve their ability to perform daily tasks, return to or stay at work and reach goals.

Occupational therapy is a powerful intervention to help people enjoy life and maintain their independence. It is an opportunity to redesign life practices and has a proven track record of helping people stay in employment, avoid the social isolation that can accompany restricted function, to manage pain and make the best of their lives It is also an essential element in the rehabilitation of patients following an illness, operation or disability. This may cause people to experience difficulties with performing everyday activities. Occupational Therapists can help maximise your independence to manage the activities that are important to you. Our Occupational Therapy Department provides a comprehensive service to hospital inpatients as well as domiciliary visits.

The department is staffed by state registered Occupational Therapists who specialises in neurological rehabilitation, palliative care, orthopaedics, general medicine, general surgery and dementia. The Physiotherapy Unit benefits from a custom built facility offering state-of-the-art care and treatment options for all patients. The facility provides personalised one-to-one assessment and treatment with flexible opening hours, a rehabilitation gym and home visits available.

 

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