The occupational therapy service to both hospitals is provided from Monday to Friday and includes treatment to both inpatients and outpatients. The focus is on a multidisciplinary approach with close links to the consultants, nursing staff, physiotherapists, social workers and community teams. The aim of each unit is to promote independence where appropriate and to facilitate a timely return to a patient's home or an alternative supported environment.
There are excellent facilities including a fully furnished occupational therapy treatment area, assessment kitchen and assessment flat.
Occupational therapy services are also provided to outpatients and specialist clinics. Individuals may be referred by their consultants following a hospital stay or clinic appointment. Patients may attend once or twice weekly for treatment sessions.
To provide individual assessment and intervention to facilitate safe and timely discharge from hospital for patients with complex physical / mental health and social needs.
To provide rehabilitation for patients specific to their daily activities and their home environment.
Co-ordinate complex discharge planning with hospital and community services through working autonomously and taking a key role in the multi disciplinary and multi-agency teamwork.
To prevent prolonged hospital stays through early estimation of discharge dates and timely referral onto non-acute services.
To maximise patient independence and decrease the need for premature admission to a residential care setting.
Whitecross Court ( off Haxby road ) and St Helen's (off Tadcaster road ) are both community rehabilitation hospitals that provide patient care as part of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.