Occupational therapy is the use of assessment and intervention to develop, recover, or maintain the meaningful activities, or occupations, of individuals, groups, or communities. It is an allied health profession performed by occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.
UHMBT offers Occupational Therapy support both in hospital and in the community as part of the Rapid Response team.
Visit the Rapid Response page
Referrals to the Occupational Therapy teams can be made by ward staff if the patient is currently in hospital.
For outpatient referrals, there is a supported discharge service to facilitate safe discharge from hospital to the patient’s home. These referrals can include:
- From Consultant-led Rheumatology service for functional assessment, sleep and fatigue management, and splinting
- From Consultant-led Orthopaedic service for hand splinting and therapy
- Cardiac rehabilitation (as part of a multi-disciplinary service)
Furness General Hospital - Rehabilitation Department, Level 4 - 01229 403651 (ext 43651)
Royal Lancaster Infirmary - Medical Unit 2, Ground floor - 01524 583368 (ext 53368)
Westmorland General Hospital - within Dunmail Unit, Level 2 - 01539 715097 (ext 45097)
The Community Therapy team is made up of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Therapy Technical Instructors and Administration Staff.
The team deliver rehabilitation to people in their own home for those recovering from illness, surgery, deterioration of a long-term condition or a loss if function. They also provide falls assessments and group falls exercise programmes within 3 locations.