The Acute Care Physiotherapy team provides specialist assessment, advice and treatment to medical, surgical, elderly and intensive care inpatients and amputees. Patients may have had an operation, or have difficulty with breathing and/or mobility following an illness.

The service is led by Advanced Physiotherapists, who can provide you with the most effective treatment for your problem. The team provides person- centred advice and assesses and treats people of all ages who have a variety of needs. For example, problems with breathing, balance, pain, walking, transfers and joint movement. We can also provide equipment for home and refer for community follow up if appropriate.

We can help you to:

  • Self-manage any chest problems
  • Help to clear chest secretions
  • Improve, regain or maintain movements
  • Participate in an exercise programme
  • Maintain or progress mobility
  • Practise safe transfers
  • Be discharged home safely and arrange any necessary follow up
  • Manage some falls risks
  • Practice the stairs if appropriate


Some conditions we treat include asthma, bronchiectasis, chronic obstructive airways disease (COPD), pneumonia, lung cancer, dementia and delirium, falls, Parkinson's disease, stroke, neurological conditions, infections and respiratory failure.

The team can also work in intensive care and with post-operative patients.

The team at Sunderland Royal Hospital can also work in paediatrics, ENT and with post-operative amputee patients

Finding us

The Physiotherapy Acute Care Team is based at South Tyneside District Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Home visits to help facilitate your discharge home are provided on a needs only basis.

Core hours Monday – Sunday: 08.30 – 16.30

Out of hours and weekends:

South Tyneside: 0191 4041000

Sunderland: 0191 5656256


Your referral

Referral is made to the ward physiotherapist by ward staff.