Occupational Therapists (OTs) will visit at home to discuss how patients feel their illness has affected their ability to manage their personal care and normal daily tasks/activities. With a view to maintaining independence, within the bounds of safety and, where appropriate, OTs will assess and may offer provision of the following:
- Equipment at home, e.g. bath seat
- Minor adaptations e.g. installation of grab rails, stair rails
- Techniques to save energy, lessen fatigue
- Relaxation techniques to help symptoms
- Ways of managing lifestyle and interests
- Wheelchair assessment
SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY
Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) are specialists in communication and swallowing disorders, who work as part of the multi-disciplinary team. These problems may be caused by a wide range of difficulties, including cancer and progressive neurological conditions.
SLTs work to assess, diagnose and develop a programme of care with people to maximise their potential and improve quality of life. SLTs will work with patients and their families to improve the quality of communication including assessment of and suitability for communication aids. Therapy and advice will be provided as appropriate.
In the case of swallowing disorders, advice given may include the introduction of exercises and postural changes and/or changes to food textures and drink consistencies. This aims to ensure safety and comfort when eating. In some cases, an x-ray of the swallow may be conducted which analyses the swallow in detail.
The service is provided to patients in the hospice, those in the Day Hospice, to outpatients and at home if required. There is close communication with therapists from hospitals across West London and local community teams. There are close links with therapists at St Mary’s and Charing Cross Hospitals to ensure smooth transfer of care for patients.
All therapists are state registered members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health Professions Council.
Physiotherapists work as part of the MDT with people in a variety of settings depending on the needs of the individual. They will visit people in their homes in the day hospice or on the ward.
Following an assessment there is the opportunity for the individual and their carers to discuss needs and agree realistic achievable goals with the aim to maximise potential and improve quality of life.
The physiotherapist can assess people who are requiring support with their:
- Mobility – exercise, advice and walking aids and wheelchairs can be provided
- Breathing – advice on positioning, clearance techniques, and relaxed breathing positions
- Pain – Positioning, exercise, TNS
The Physiotherapist is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registered with the Health Professions Council.
Please note: Occasionally, any of the therapists may have to cancel an appointment but will inform you about this and reschedule.
If you need to cancel an appointment, we would be grateful if you would let us know as soon as possible.
The therapy services can be contacted via 020 8 967 5179.
The Dietitian covers the inpatient unit. Her role is to facilitate improvement in the nutritional intake if this has been compromised by illness/treatment. She also advises where dietary interventions could be helpful in alleviating symptoms and/or side effects of palliative treatment. She is registered and a member of the British Dietetic Association and has worked in various hospitals.
The Referrals Office is open Monday to Friday 08.30 – 16.00.
Dedicated email for referrals: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office phone number: 020 8 967 5758
Office fax: 020 8 967 5756