We provide input to all children and teenagers cared for by the regional children's and teenager's oncology and haematology team as inpatients and when they attend outpatient clinics.
We assess and treat patients who have a varied range of problems caused directly by their diagnosis or indirectly due to side effects of their medical treatment. As physiotherapists we help with mobility, function, muscle weakness, muscle tightness, chest infections, fatigue and delayed development. We advise on how to maintain appropriate levels of physical fitness and exercise throughout and following treatment.
As we are a regional centre patients often need physiotherapy input closer to home. Therefore we liaise and support our paediatric physiotherapy colleagues at other hospitals around the region to ensure continuity of care.
We have an open referral pathway. All professionals (internal or external), patients and carers can refer patients/themselves to the team if they have concerns relating to any of the above difficulties.
Elizabeth Smith is the lead physiotherapist and can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via switch board: on 0113 2432799 and ask for bleep: 2676.
Alternatively contact the in-patient office (with answer phone) on 0113 3926361