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Occupational therapy for rheumatology services

Occupational therapists working in the rheumatology team at York Hospital provide a specialist occupational therapy service to both in-patients and out-patients.

Intervention Includes:

  • Assessment of patient’s current level of functional ability.  This may be through washing and dressing practice, kitchen activities, assessment of transfers, cognitive, sensory, and psychological analysis.  A visit to the patients own home may be necessary.
  • The provision of suitable equipment to facilitate independence in areas of personal and domestic activities.  Adaptations to the home environment or wheelchair assessment and provision.
  • Advice on fatigue management, joint protection, relaxation techniques on a one to one or within a group.
  • Hand assessment with either prefabricated splints prescribed and issued or a specific hand splint moulded to the patient’s requirements.
  • Work/leisure reviews and advice on appropriate agencies.
  • Liasing with family, carers and outside agencies if further rehabilitation is necessary.
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While contagious viruses are active year-round, winter is a prime time for norovirus, colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses.

 

These infections are highly contagious, so we urge people to stay away unless their visit is absolutely essential to help reduce the spread of infection within our hospitals.

Hospitals are full of sick people, many of them frail and elderly, so bringing germs into a hospital is the worst thing you can do.  We have an active programme of infection prevention but we can’t spot visitors who really shouldn’t be here.  Please stay at home if you’re unwell to help aid the wellbeing and recovery of our patients.