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Rehabilitation

Acute ward team

The acute ward team provides rehabilitation services to patients admitted to the medical, surgical and elderly wards at our hospital. These include the oncology, ENT and critical care wards. Rehabilitation services are also provided on the day assessment unit and in the accident and emergency department. The team also provides outpatient services in the form of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation classes, respiratory outpatient clinics and an amputee service. 

Respiratory services

Specialist physiotherapy is provided for patients on the critical care ward following surgery, to reduce the risk of development of respiratory complications and ensure good functional outcomes following critical illness. The team also works with patients admitted with respiratory failure as a result of acute or chronic respiratory conditions such as COPD, Cystic Fibrosis and pneumonia, to optimise chest clearance and advice on breathlessness management. Overnight on-call and weekend service is also provided to ensure a high standard of respiratory care is continued over a seven-day period.

Oncology & palliative care

This specialist team provides rehabilitation and discharge planning for patients on the oncology ward, and outlying areas within the hospital. In addition, a multidisciplinary breathlessness clinic is run as an outpatient service to provide non-pharmacological management (therapy that does not involve drugs) of breathlessness for patients with advanced Lung Cancer, COPD and pulmonary fibrosis.

Occupational therapy

The service focuses on assessment and interventions, in combination with other members of the multidisciplinary team working with patients to maximise their independence and enabling safe and timely discharge from hospital. Involvement may include:

  • Assessment and practice of daily living activities such as personal care
  • Home assessment visits
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Provision of assistive equipment to promote safe manual handling and functional independence
  • Referral to further rehabilitation and social care services

Acute ward team occupational therapists are also involved within:

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Day assessment unit
  • Amputee walking school
  • Breathlessness clinic

Amputee rehabilitation service

Having an amputation is both physically and emotionally challenging for the person involved. There are significant life changes which occur following this operation.  Our amputee rehabilitation service is run by a multidisciplinary team and comprises both inpatient and outpatient services. The team is involved from the time of the amputation and stays involved until the person reaches their maximum level of independence. This may be with or without an artificial limb. The aim of the service is to assist the person as far as possible to return to their normal lifestyle.

Collaborative care team

The Essex Collaborative Care team is a specialist team working in the community to provide the local population with a domiciliary rehabilitation service.  Our aim is to provide short-term support and practical help in a way that is person-centred and holistic. In order to achieve this, we endeavour to be approachable at all times, with openness and honesty as an integral part of any communication.

We are responsible for nursing needs, physical and cognitive assessments, providing treatments, prescribing rehab programmes and providing or recommending necessary equipment in order to meet desired goals and facilitate safe and functional independence in daily routines. We improve motivation levels by engaging in meaningful activities such as meal preparation, personal care, mobility and re-integration into social activities. As a priority, we encourage all members of the family to participate in the planning and implementation of rehabilitation as much as possible.

Our occupational therapists and physiotherapists also provide assessment and treatment to six patients in rehabilitation focused beds in the Parklands Care Centre, usually following discharge from hospital. The patients have to meet the same admission criteria as those used for the Essex Collaborative care team and must have clear identified goals on admission. This includes patients who cannot be cared for in their home environment by a maximum care package.

Community rehabilitation team

Our community physiotherapy team provides a service to help individuals over 16 years of age reach their optimum level of independence in their home and local community. The service is available to the local adult population of approx 360,000 and includes:

  • an assessment of the patient's condition and its impact on everyday activities within the home and local community
  • assessment, treatment and ongoing management of specific musculo-skeletal (muscle and bone), respiratory (breathing) and neurological (brain and nerve) conditions 
  • recommendation and, wherever possible, provision of appropriate orthotics (surgical appliances - devices used to treat or support different parts of the body e.g. collars, leg braces, shoe insoles), walking aids and minor equipment
  • provision of individualised exercise programmes which patients can follow to improve their mobility, agility and strength in order to maintain independent living 
  • physiotherapy support for patients with long term and progressive conditions. 
  • referral to other agencies

By seeing patients at home we are able to help them live independently and manage their condition more easily in their own environment. For example, someone who has had a stroke may need specific treatment for their condition but also advice, education, equipment and / or training to get around their home and in and out of their own car. Where appropriate the community physiotherapy team will see patients in: 

  •  their own homes 
  •  residential and nursing homes 
  •  Day centres 
  •  Hospices

Orthopaedic rehabilitation team

The orthopaedic rehabilitation team is a young dynamic and developing team consisting of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, activities of daily living advisors and rehabilitation assistants. We provide a seven day service to trauma and elective orthopaedic admissions to the three orthopaedic wards and the day surgery unit. In addition, we provide a central focus for advice and information regarding the management of orthopaedic admissions throughout the hospital. 

Pulmonary rehabilitation 

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a programme of exercise and education aimed at people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Each group consists of approximately 25 people. The course is seven weeks long and comprises of  two sessions weekly that are two hours in length. During this time, an individual exercise programme is performed, followed by a series of education sessions aimed at improving knowledge and promoting self-management.

Education sessions includes:

  • breathlessness management and relaxation
  • chest clearance advice
  • medication and inhaler use
  • nutritional advice and stress management

Neurology rehabilitation

Our neurology rehabilitation team is based at the hospital and covers both inpatient and outpatient services. Specialised physiotherapists and occupational therapists trained in neurological rehabilitation, provide assessment and treatment to patients with neurological conditions helping to maximise function and independence as well as manage their condition. Close links between the inpatient and outpatient services, together with the community therapy teams, ensures continuity of patient care and treatment in an environment that adapts to the patients ever changing needs. 

Contact us

General enquiries:  01702 385246

Appointments line:  01702 385244