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Physiotherapy in Community Hospitals

What is Physiotherapy?

"Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and functions when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. Physiotherapy maintains health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to remain independent for as long as possible." (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy 2017)

How to access the service

We have Qualified Physiotherapists and trained rehabilitation assistants working within each of our Community Hospitals as part of our multidisciplinary teams.  All patients admitted to our Community Hospitals will have the opportunity to be assessed by one of our Physiotherapists to determine if you require their support.

We also have Physiotherapists based within our specialist Stroke Rehabilitation Service at Evesham Community Hospital.

How Physiotherapists can help you in our Community Hospitals

Physiotherapists will work with you to identify problems you may be experiencing as a result of illness, ageing or an accident. For example, we may look at your mobility and function when getting in and out of bed, standing or walking and your strength and balance or joint movements.

We will then work with you to regain or improve your ability to mobilise and promote your independence or find alternative ways of managing activities you are no longer able to safely do.

This may include:

  • Exercises to improve movement, strength and/or pain in a specific part of the body e.g. hip exercises following a hip replacement
  • Activities that involve moving your whole body such as getting in and out of bed, standing, walking
  • Advice and exercises to help you to increase or maintain physical activity and stamina e.g. advice on the importance of keeping active
  • Advice and provision of mobility aids, such as a walking frame or a stick to help you to move around safely and independently
  • Exercises to improve strength and balance, which will have a positive effect on reducing the risk of falls
  • Exercises may also be given to manage breathlessness or when feeling chesty following a chest infection to enable you to clear your chest


How do Physiotherapists help with discharge planning?

Worcestershire Health and Care Trust understand that your ‘own bed is best’ and therefore as soon as possible during your hospital stay your Physiotherapist will discuss with you any concerns you or the hospital team may have about you returning home and develop a plan with you of how these are going to be addressed.

Often patients can return home before their rehabilitation is fully complete with on-going support from our community rehabilitation teams and where this is the case we will work with you to get this in place as soon as is possible and safe to do so.

Sometimes due to changes in your health and functional abilities there may continue to be concerns about how you will manage if you return home. If this happens the Multidisciplinary team will work with you to ensure you have appropriate on-going support in place or understand what other options are available to you.

Contact us: 

For general enquiries please contact the relevant community hospital as below:

  • Pershore Community Hospital: Pershore Hospital, Queen Elizabeth House, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, Worcs, WR10 1PS Telephone: 01386 502071
  • Worcester City Inpatient Unit: 01905 681388Address:Worcester City Inpatient Unit, 1 Timberdine Close, Worcester, WR5 2DD
  • Evesham Community Hospital:Evesham Community Hospital, Waterside, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 1JT Telephone 01386 502449.
  • Malvern Community Hospital:Malvern Community Hospital, 185 Worcester Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 1EX Telephone: 01684 612600
  • Tenbury Community Hospital: 01584 810643 Address:Tenbury Community Hospital, Worcester Road, Tenbury Wells, Worcs, WR15 8AP
  • Princess of Wales Community Hospital: 01527 488000 Address: Princess of Wales Community Hospital, Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove, Worcs, B61 0BB
  • Wyre Forest Ward: 01562 714650 Address: Kidderminster Hospital, Bewdley Road, Kidderminster DY11 6RJ

We would like to hear from you about how we might improve our services. If you would like to speak to Hannah Male, Therapy Matron please call: 01684 612635 

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