The overall aim of Occupational Therapy (OT) within the acute hospital setting is to work in a patient centred and holistic manner to achieve and maximise independence and safe discharge of our patients to the most appropriate setting.
The occupational therapist (OT) works in a Multidisciplinary Team on the wards with patients who will have difficulties returning home safely. The therapist will carry out an in depth interview (home environment, previous ability, support network, patient’s wishes, etc) and where required a full functional assessment.
A functional assessment can involve addressing areas as mobility, wheelchair use and stairs (in conjunction with the physiotherapist), transfers, personal care and domestic tasks. The OT can advise patients on alternative techniques, aids and adaptations and practise them to promote independence. Where required other more detailed assessments can be included too: cognitive, perceptive,sensory, vision screen, upper limb, mood, falls assessments, etc.
A home or environmental assessment can be carried out with the patient if required. The OT can recommend adaptations to the home and can supply basic aids on discharge to improve independence and safety. For complicated adaptations in the home, a referral will be made to the local authority Community OT Team. The Occupational Therapist will also liaise with the permission of the patient with carers, relevant others,voluntary, primary care, Social Services, etc to request for assistance or advice if this is necessary.
OT rehabilitation is currently only offered on the acute stroke unit.
Is there follow up after discharge?
The Occupational Therapy Department does not follow up patients after discharge. But if further input or follow up is required then the patient will be referred to relevant teams in the Community.
Can an outpatient attend treatment sessions?
The Occupational Therapy Department only deals with inpatients. For outpatient appointments patients will need to be referred to other hospitals or community services. The only out patient clinics we run are two Static Hand Splinting Clinics for clients referred to the Orthopaedic Consultant Mr Davey (Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning).
All other Outpatient Referrals need to be forwarded to Intermediate Care for Community Rehabilitation/ Intervention or to the Local Authority Team for major aids and adaptations when the client is not an In Patient in Kingston Hospital.
Main Occupational Therapy is based in Regent Wing. The OT Team is based on General Medicine and AAU/ Care of the Elderly/ Acute Stroke Unit/ Orthopaedics/ Surgery/ ITU/ Acute Paediatrics/ 7-day A&E and Ward Rapid Response/ Orthopaedic Out Patient's Static Hand Splinting: Tues PM and Fri AM (Mr Davey only)
Occupational Therapy is open from Monday to Friday: 8:00am. to 4.00pm. A&E week service: 8.00am- 8.00pm.
Weekend A&E service: 10.00am to 6.00pm.
Tel: 020 8934 2518
Fax: 020 89343569