Physiotherapy - Eastern services

Physiotherapy is all about helping you to maintain, improve and maximise your movement and ability. We use physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being.

Physiotherapists help people with a range of conditions, particularly those associated with the neuro-muscular, musculo-skeletal, cardio-vascular and respiratory systems; providing advice, treatment, rehabilitation, health promotion and support behavioural change.

We use manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, the application of electro-physical modalities and other physical approaches in response to individual need.

We work across the hospital and in the community with different patient groups, including children, the working population and older people.

At our core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.

More about us

Physiotherapists work across all the inpatient wards and support a number of outpatient services.

Here are our teams and services:

Respiratory/ acute medicine team
We provide holistic assessment and interventions for patients with both acute and chronic medical/respiratory conditions. Interventions can include rehabilitation, exercise programmes, breathlessness management, airway clearance techniques and signposting to community services. We support chronic respiratory patients in outpatient clinics and through outpatient respiratory reviews and pulmonary rehabilitation.

We have physiotherapists who also support patients with cancer, either as inpatients or through outpatients clinics and community-based exercise programmes.

The intensive care unit (ITU), surgery and paediatric team
We specialise in the rehabilitation of patients in different settings, including intensive care, surgical wards, outpatients and amputee rehabilitation at the Exeter Mobility Centre. Our team treats people who have been seriously ill and at their most vulnerable, perhaps needing respiratory support. We offer rehabilitation exercise, advice, education and individual goal plans to support your return home, whenever possible. 

Our paediatric team sees children who have been admitted to hospital for a variety of inpatient conditions, including orthopaedic operations as well as acute respiratory problems. 

Trauma and orthopaedic physiotherapy
We specialise in the assessment and rehabilitation of a variety of patients who are admitted to hospital because of a traumatic accident (for example road traffic accident or a fall) or those undergoing planned surgery (elective). Our team provides exercise and early rehabilitation and works closely with staff across the hospital to promote independence and help with early and safe discharge. Follow-up might also be provided by our aftercare or fracture clinic therapists.

Neurology and stroke teams
We provide specialised assessment and rehabilitation for patients after stroke, supporting early rehabilitation and transfer to community based programmes. We also help patients with head or spinal injuries or long term conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. Patients who need longer, more intensive rehabilitation are supported by a team at the Mardon Neurorehabilitation Centre.

Healthcare for older people team
We help in the rehabilitation of patients who have been admitted after a fall or who have exacerbation of dementia, which is affecting their ability to maintain their independence.

Hand therapy team
We provide specialised assessment and treatment of patients individually or in groups for patients who have had surgery, a traumatic injury (such as a tendon cut by a knife) or who have a chronic rheumatology or pain. 

Acute musculoskeletal services
We provide advice, education and exercise for patients following orthopaedic trauma, or surgery focussing on regaining range of movement, mobility and strength in individual or gym based sessions or, at times hydrotherapy. Interventions support the return to normal function, work or sport. There are also specialist physiotherapy services for rheumatological conditions, haemophilia paitents and the Exeter Obesity Service.

The Women’s Health team
We support pregnant women with musculoskeletal problems and also women post-surgery, as well as men and women with incontinence problems.

Pain management rehabilitation team
We work with people who have persistent pain. We help their understanding of the pain and offer advice on a range of self- management strategies to help people to work towards their goals.

Orthopaedic and trauma aftercare and fracture clinic
Patients will often need follow up or aftercare treatment after their operations or management of their broken bones. We have a team of specialist therapists who provide the aftercare treatment to these patients in an outpatient setting, which may include a range of splinting, specialist bracing, exercise and strengthening advice.

Services and treatments

Orthopaedic Paediatrics
Our team are also responsible for the highly specialised management of children born with structural foot deformities such as club foot, or with Developmental Hip Dysplasia.

Orthopaedic and Trauma Aftercare & Fracture Clinic
Patients will often need follow up or aftercare treatment following their operations or management of their broken bones. We have a team of specialist therapists who provide the aftercare treatment to these patients in an outpatient setting, which may include a range of splinting, specialist bracing, exercise and strengthening advice.

Meet the team

Occupational Therapists work as a key part of the hospital and community multi-disciplinary teams, across many specialities.

The acute occupational team is part of the acute therapy service, managed by Ros Wade (Head of Acute Therapies). It is operationally managed by Rob Wickins, Head of Acute Physiotherapy.

Our Community Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy team is integrated with social care and community nursing.

Each specialist area has a clinical lead, supported by specialist team leads, rotational junior staff and skilled unregistered staff to provide the range of interventions patients require. We also support students on placement from university.

Where to find us

RD&E Heavitree, Gladstone Rd, Exeter EX1 2ED

Our teams work across various sites and in the community, including:

  • Our inpatient physiotherapists are based within the therapy department, Level 0 Area J, on the main hospital site at Wonford; they work across all ward areas and at the Mardon.
  • Our pain management team is based at Heavitree Hospital.
  • Our outpatient physiotherapy team is based at Heavitree Hospital. 
  • The Plastics Rehabilitation team are located in the Rehabilitation Department in Area J, level 0, on the main hospital site (Wonford). 
  • Hydrotherapy is based in the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre (South) Level 0, on the main hospital site (Wonford). 
  • Women’s Health Physiotherapy is based in the Child & Women’s Health Centre, on the main hospital site (Wonford). 
  • Our Community Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy services work across Exeter, East and Mid Devon in individual’s homes as well as in community hospitals.

Clinics

Outpatient services: mainly 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday; some weekend clinics.

Hydrotherapy: referrals from Hospital consultants only for orthopaedic or rheumatology conditions (maximum 6 sessions).

There is a 'falls clinic', based at Exeter Community Hospital. The appointment lasts for about an hour and is usually led by a physiotherapist, with an occupational therapist in attendance if needed.

Supporting you

Educational videos for patients with back pain and knee pain

Exercise programmes for patients with back pain and knee pain

These videos are password protected. When you speak to your physiotherapist, they will give you the passwords you need to access the videos.

Gym rehab classes for patients to do at home

These videos are password protected. When you speak to your physiotherapist, they will give you the passwords you need to access the videos.

Patient information leaflets

A Brief Guide for your First Visit as an Amputee

A Guide to Wearing a Spinal Brace

A Guide to Wearing a Spinal Collar

Advice and Exercise Sheet Following a Trapeziectomy

Advice for Foot & Ankle Injuries

Advice for Patient Following Wrist or Hand Injury/Fracture

Advice for patients with Shoulder Injuries

Advice on the use of Coban

Advice on the Use of Silicone Gel Sheeting

Achilles tendon injuries, expected management & rehabilitation times

Antenatal Physiotherapy Advice for Pelvic Girdle Pain

Arthroscopic Capsular Release of the Shoulder

Arthroscopic Sub-Acromial Decompression (ASD)

Botulinum Toxin Injections for Spasticity

Caring for your Residual Limb

Care of your Artificial Limb (Prosthesis)

Care of your Baby in the Pavlik Harness

Care of Your Extensor Tendon Injury - Central Slip

Care of Your Extensor Tendon Repair

Care of Your Mallet Injury

Cervical Fusion Post-operative Physiotherapy Advice

Cubital Tunnel Release

Desensitisation

Digital Nerve Repair

Exercise band advice

Exercises for Trans Femoral Amputees (Above knee amputations)

Exercises for Trans Tibial Amputees (Below knee amputations)

Fasciectom

Gym Ball Exercises for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Hand Exercises

Heat and Cold for Management of Hand Pain or Stiffness

How to put on and take off your Prosthesis with Gel or Silicone Locking Liner

How to put on your Prosthesis with a Silesian Belt Reference

How to put on your Prosthesis with Rigid Pelvic Band or Double Swivel Pelvic Band

How to put on your Self Suspending Knee Disarticulation Prosthesis

How to put on your Transfemoral Prosthesis with a Suction Socket

How to put on your Transfemoral or Knee Disarticulation Prothesis with TES (Total Elastic Suspension)

How to put on your Transtibial Prosthesis using the Pull-through Technique

How to put on your Transtibial Prosthesis with Cuff Suspension

How to put on your Transtibial Prosthesis with Silicone Suspension Sleeve

How to put on your Transtibial Prosthesis with Supracondylar Suspension

Knee Multi-Ligament Reconstruction

Lumbar Fusion Post-operative Physiotherapy Advice

Microdiscectomy Segmental Decompression

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises for Women

Perthes Disease

Physiotherapy after abdominal and pelvic surgery

Physiotherapy after Caesarean Section

Physiotherapy after Mastectomy/Axillary Dissection/Wide Local Excision

Post Natal Physiotherapy Advice

Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Rehabilitation after Hip Arthroscopy

Scar Care

Seated Exercise Programme

Sensory Re-education

Separation of the Abdominal Muscles

Serial casting advice

Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Carpal Tunnel Release

The Ponseti Method for Treating Clubfeet

Total Hip Replacement Dislocation

 

Advice following a fracture to your metacarpal neck (treated with buddy taping)

Last updated: May 08, 2024.

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