Our Physiotherapy teams provide treatment for all ages from new born through to older adults. We have a range of specialist services including neurology, acute care, cardiac, musculoskeletal and women’s health, each is led by an Expert Physiotherapist. This means that we can ensure that you are provided with the most effective treatment for your problem.

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.

How we can help

Physiotherapists assess and treat a variety of difficulties related to:

  • Breathing
  • Balance
  • Exercise tolerance
  • Weakness
  • Joint movement
  • Walking
  • Pain
  • Women’s Health

 

Physiotherapy can help you to understand and manage your condition to:

  • Change to a healthier lifestyle.
  • Regain fitness after an accident, surgery, fracture or illness
  • Improve or regain movement
  • Improve or manage pain
  • Improve functional activities
  • Stress Management and Relaxation
  • Breathe more easily
  • Improve pelvic floor function
  • Manage long term effects of conditions (for example arthritis and neurological conditions)

Getting referred

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.

Our facilities

At South Tyneside District Hospital we are proud to have the following physiotherapy facilities:

  • 3 Specialist Treatment Gymnasia
  • Private Treatment Rooms
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Wheelchair accessible facilities

 

At Sunderland Royal Hospital we are proud to have the following physiotherapy facilities:

  • 3 Specialist Treatment Gymnasia
  • Private Treatment Rooms
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Wheelchair accessible facilities

 

Sunderland Integrated Musculoskeletal Service (SIMS)

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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Specialist services at Sunderland Royal Hospital

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.

Physiotherapy: Cardiac

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.

Physiotherapy: Neurology

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.

Physiotherapy: Paediatrics

Specialist services at South Tyneside District Hospital

Outpatients (Musculoskeletal)

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)

  • Falls Service

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.

  • Neurological Rehabilitation

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)

  • Elderly Rehabilitation

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.

  • Orthopaedics

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.

  • Medical Service

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.

  • Urogynaecological/Colorectal and Maternity Service

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

Contact us

South Tyneside District Hospital:

  • To change or cancel an appointment- 0191 4041086
  • General queries- 0191 4041086

Opening times: Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm

 

Sunderland Royal Hospital:

  • To change or cancel an appointment- 0191 5410101

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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  • General queries- 0191 5699028

Opening times: Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm

 

Our team

Clinical Director- Mary Spearman

Directorate Manager- Karen Green

Head of Service- Jill Graham

 

South Tyneside District Hospital:

Associate Directorate Manager- Judith McNaught 

 

Sunderland Royal Hospital:

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