Our physiotherapists provide rehabilitation to patients in hospital, the community or in their own homes to help them return to normal levels of activity following illness or injury.

We provide physiotherapy to our ward patients at Wansbeck, North Tyneside and Hexham general hospitals seven days a week and at our community hospitals five days a week . If you need to be seen as an outpatient, as well as usual clinic times of Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm, our general hospital sites are able to offer some early morning and evening appointments across the week. Please contact the relevant physiotherapy department to find an appointment time which is suitable for you.

Our physiotherapists treat a range of conditions and work across different services including:

  • Musculo-skeletal (upper limb, lower limb, spine) and pain management

  • Neurological and elderly rehabilitation
  • Critical care
  • Cardiac & pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Orthopaedics and rheumatology
  • Women’s health (continence, breast care, ante/post natal, colorectal)

  • Paediatrics

Your care

We have physiotherapists that specialise in the following areas:

Elderly care

If you are an elderly patient with complex problems, you may benefit from rehabilitation, for example after a fall. This can help you to build up your confidence, improve your strength and balance and generally help you to cope better.

Neurological rehabilitation

Our neurological rehabilitation team provides physiotherapy to patients with a range of conditions including multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and following head injury. Treatments are aimed at improving your mobility and promoting quality of life.

Stroke care

If you have suffered from a stroke you may be left with problems with your movement, balance, co-ordination and sensation. As stroke affects everyone in different ways, you and your physiotherapist will agree a treatment programme to help with your specific problems.

Women's health

We have physiotherapists who specialise in conditions specific to women such as ante and post-natal care, following gynaecological and breast surgery and continence care.

Orthopaedics

Physiotherapists will help you regain your mobility following joint replacement surgery, fractures or other injuries.

Rheumatology

Physiotherapy can be of benefit if you have an inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis or other rheumatological conditions. Treatment may help to preserve your joints, ease pain, maintain your function and help with your mobility.

Pain management

If you have long-term pain from an ongoing problem, you may be referred to physiotherapy to learn how to self manage your condition. The team can help to plan an exercise programme specifically for you. 

Respiratory

Conditions such as obstructive airways disease, asthma and breathing problems can be improved with physiotherapy by teaching strategies to improve  breathing control and improve exercise tolerance. Treatment can be carried out either on the wards, in a group setting or in your own home.

Cardiac rehabilitation

If you have been in hospital or attended the cardiac clinic you may be referred for cardiac rehabilitation. Our physiotherapists are part of this team which aims to help restore your physical and mental wellbeing.

Children’s physiotherapy

Our children’s physiotherapists provide assessment and treatment for children aged 0-18 years who live or attend school in Northumberland or North Tyneside.

Physiotherapy treatment may be of benefit to children who have movement or other medical problems such as cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or following fractures. Your child will be seen in the most suitable place for them, whether it’s at home, at school, in a hospital clinic or local health centre.

Palliative care

Our palliative care patients may be seen in hospital or at home by a physiotherapist specialising in end of life care.

Clinics

If you are admitted to one of our wards you may be seen by a physiotherapist to help you recover from your operation or illness. We provide a seven-day service for patients on our wards at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham General Hospitals.

Physiotherapy is provided in our hospitals for conditions such as stroke, amputation, MS or for cardiac, respiratory and women’s health problems.

You may also see a physiotherapist as an outpatient if your GP or consultant feels you may benefit and refers you to our service. Treatment as an outpatient can be provided at a hospital, clinic or GP practice near your home. Appointments are available between 8:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday, however each site offers evening and early morning appointments on different days of the week so you can choose a time that suits you best.

Your initial appointment could last up to one hour as the physiotherapist will need to collect information from you regarding your condition. If you need any follow up appointments they will be either on an individual basis or within a group session depending on your needs.

You can be seen at home by a domiciliary physiotherapist if you are too unwell to attend hospital or if your physiotherapist has set goals specifically around activities in your home. You may need to be assessed for walking aids, to practice the stairs, try outdoor walking or practice getting in and out of bed.

Children who require rehabilitation can also be seen at home or school.


Contacting the service

If you have a question, are concerned or want to change your appointment please call 0344 811 8111 and ask for the physiotherapy department at the relevant hospital.

Useful links

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Health Professions Council