About our occupational therapy service
Occupational therapy provides practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. This support increases people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.
Our Occupational Therapists assess and treat adult in-patients, whose functional and/or cognitive abilities have changed due to an acute illness following admission or attendance to A&E department, and make recommendations in regards to support and necessary minor equipment /adaptations to support discharge home.
Conditions we treat
We treat a wide range of conditions and have dedicated teams, including:
- Care of the elderly
- Admission avoidance
- Medical specialties
- Orthopaedics and surgery
- Neuro outliers service
- Stroke service
Refer a patient
Referrals to the occupational therapy service are made by the multidisciplinary teams in A&E or on our adult- inpatient wards. If you are a patient at the North Middlesex University Hospital , or if you have a friend or relative who is a patient and you think occupational therapy will be of benefit to them , please speak to the ward or directly to the occupational therapist on the ward .
If you are an external health professional or GP and one of your services users have been admitted to our hospital you can ring the main department to speak to appropriate occupational therapist.
Consider referral to our service if:
- Presenting condition/injury will significantly affect ability to manage basic skills and care) personal care, toileting, meal prep)
- History of Falls and/or at risk of further falls.
- Unsafe mobility and/or transfer, equipment needs.
- Recent functional decline affecting ability to cope at home.
- Cognitive impairments i.e, dementia, delirium, frail with care needs.
- Recent non-medical failed discharge and/or frequent attendees with long term conditions.