Occupational Therapists (OTs) work as part of a team of health professionals, including Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Speech & Language Therapists, within the hospital environment to promote maximum independence and to ensure safe discharge of patients either back to their own home or for ongoing care in the most suitable environment.
The OT will gather information from the patient, and/or from relatives or carers as appropriate, to find out how the patient was managing with all aspects of daily living prior to their admission to hospital. Depending on the information received and how the patient is progressing the OT may decide to perform a number of assessments before planning the patients ongoing care needs.
On the wards at the hospital OT is very much a part of the discharge team and we are keen to support and promote speedy and effective discharges. This role is extended at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre to include assessing patients prior to their planned surgery admission in order to facilitate a timely and smooth discharge process.
There are also out-patient clinics run for the treatment of hand and upper limb injuries and rheumatological conditions.