We work in partnership with other health care professionals to identify treatment goals that are centered on your needs whether you are a patient in hospital, attending an outpatient appointment or we see you in a community setting.
Physiotherapists assess and treat a variety of difficulties related to:
Physiotherapy can help you to understand and manage your condition to:
You are able to access physiotherapy with a referral from your GP or a Trust Consultant, Specialist Nurse or Therapist.
You can also self-refer to physiotherapy if you are under the care of a Consultant at Sunderland Royal Hospitals for Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis and you have previously been treated by our Physiotherapists.
At South Tyneside District Hospital we are proud to have the following physiotherapy facilities:
At Sunderland Royal Hospital we are proud to have the following physiotherapy facilities:
This team provides assessment and treatment to outpatients referred by their GP for a range of muscle, bone and joint problems.
Conditions include: Arthritis – OA / RA, Back and neck pain, Joint Pain, Soft Tissue Injury.
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Physiotherapy: Acute Care
This team provides assessment and treatment to inpatients who are admitted to an elderly care, gynaecological, intensive care, high dependency care, medical, paediatric, renal, surgical ward or urology.
Conditions include: Asthma, Bronchiectasis, Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (COPD), Dementia, Lung Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Pneumonia, Post-Operative patients.
This team provides assessment and treatment to outpatients who have difficulty due to heart problems or due to dysfunctional breathing patterns (also known as hyperventilation and over breathing).
Cardiac Rehabilitation is offered following: Angina, Cardiomyopathy, Coronary angioplasty, Dysfunctional Breathing Pattern, Heart attack, Heart surgery, Pacemaker and/ or ICD inserted.
Physiotherapy: MSK and Women's Health
This team provides assessment and treatment to inpatients and outpatients with a range of muscle, bone and joint problems.
Conditions include: Arthritis – OA / RA, Back and neck pain, Complex limb correction surgery, Day case surgery, Facial Palsy, Fractures, Joint Pain, Joint replacement surgery, soft tissue repair surgery, fracture fixation surgery, Post-operative treatment / Rehabilitation, Soft Tissue Injury.
This team provides assessment and treatment to inpatients and outpatients who have movement difficulties due to central nervous system pathology and genetic disorder. Members of this team also provide treatment to patients following lower limb amputation.
Conditions include: Cerebral Palsy, Guillain Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson ’s Disease, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy can play an important role in promoting, maintaining and restoring physical, psychological and social wellbeing. Musculoskeletal disorders are problems with bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons which cause pain or discomfort and limit movement and function. They can be due to injury, surgery, accidents, ageing, illness or disability.
Contact telephone number: (0191) 4041086
Outpatients (Neurological/Elderly conditions)
We provide specialist assessment and advice to people who have suffered falls. If you have had a fall we will look at all the possible causes in order to prevent further falls occurring. This may involve home safety advice, an exercise program to improve your strength and balance either individually or in a group. We encourage older people to lead active independent lives.
The Physiotherapy team also provides specialised assessment and treatment for a wide range of neurological conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, head injury and motor neuron disease.
Inpatients (Ward Based services)
The Physiotherapy Team provide a comprehensive physiotherapy service on Wards 2, 19 and 20 at South Tyneside District Hospital. They aim to maximize the functional potential for each individual client and to enable the client and their carers to handle confidently their disability within the home and wider community. Patients receive an individualized assessment covering medical, physical, social and psychological circumstances. Treatment plans are agreed which seeks to improve health, prevent complications, and compensate for disability by making the greatest use of residual abilities whilst continuing to improve the overall condition.
The orthopedic service has a physiotherapy team working each day of the week to help you in your recovery following surgery. The aim is to enable you to achieve a suitable level of independence whilst you are in hospital. If you have more extensive rehabilitation needs you may be transferred to our Out Patient Physiotherapy services to continue your recovery or our Orthopedic discharge service which enables a smooth discharge from hospital by providing on going therapy for patients in their own home.
The medical service has a physiotherapy team who help patients recover from medical illness and respiratory conditions. The aim is to improve mobility, physical and respiratory function.
Our physiotherapists specialize in women and men who have problems with urogynaecology and colorectal problems such as stress urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, voiding dysfunctions, obstructed defecation and sexual dysfunction
We accept referrals from both consultants and GP’s and offer a range of treatments including lifestyle advice, education of the pelvic floor and exercises to improve strength, muscles stimulation, biofeedback, acupuncture and manual therapy. We also offer assessment and treatment for pregnant women who may be suffering with Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain
South Tyneside District Hospital:
Opening times: Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm
Sunderland Royal Hospital:
The office is open:
Monday to Thursday: 7.30 - 19.00
Friday: 7.30 - 18.00
Saturday: 8.00 - 13.00
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Clinical Director- Mary Spearman
Directorate Manager- Karen Green
Head of Service- Jill Graham
Associate Directorate Manager- Judith McNaught
Physiotherapy Service Lead Acute Care- Paula Oakes
Physiotherapy Service Lead Neurology/Stroke/Cardio- Nina Lishman
Physiotherapy Service Lead MSK and Women’s Health- Jane Parnell
Physiotherapy Service Lead Pediatrics- Allison Galloway