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Paediatric Physiotherapy

Paediatric physiotherapy is available at St Richard’s and Worthing Hospitals.


About the service

The Team

We are a small team of physiotherapists based at Worthing and St Richard’s Hospitals.

At St Richard’s, we provide inpatient (ward-based) and clinic physiotherapy, meaning that we only see you or your child if you have been admitted by your doctor on the ward or if your child has been triaged into a specialist clinic.

At Worthing, we provide both inpatient and outpatient physiotherapy. In outpatients, your child will attend an appointment at a set time and place, which will usually be the Children’s Centre at Worthing Hospital but may also be at one of our outpatient departments if deemed appropriate.

We work closely with the paediatric doctors, nursing staff, specialist teams like orthopaedics, rheumatology and the chronic pain team, as well as with the community services.

We aim to work closely with you as parents/carers and your child to maximise the benefits of a physiotherapy programme of activities. We may also need to work with your child’s educational provider for support where needed.

Who we see

We may see children and young people up until their 18th birthday.

However, if deemed appropriate by the paediatric physiotherapy team and your child is 12 years of age or older, they may be seen in the adult outpatient department in the north wing of Worthing Hospital.

Alternatively, they may be seen at one of our satellite clinics such as those at Littlehampton Health Centre or Southlands Hospital physiotherapy department if this is closer to your home and your child’s needs can be met in this environment.

If you have any concerns, please discuss these with your physiotherapist.

Conditions we treat

For inpatients we assess and treat or maintain acute conditions (such as chest infections, post-surgery, assisting with helping to mobilise and discharge planning) and long-term conditions (e.g. Cystic Fibrosis).

For outpatients we assess, advise on and manage conditions such as:

  • Head Turning Preference and Plagiocephaly
  • Erb’s Palsy/ Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Positional Talipes Equino Varus (PTEV) / Club Foot (CTEV is under our shared care models with the tertiary centres at Brighton and Southampton)
  • Symptomatic/Painful Scoliosis
  • Scheuermann’s Disease
  • Symptomatic/ Painful Joint Hypermobility
  • Irritable Hip/ Synovitis
  • Developmental Dysplastic Hips (DDH; Worthing only/ shared care centre Brighton. All referrals from SRH will go directly to Southampton)
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Osgood Schlatters Disease
  • Sinding-Larsen-Johasson Disease
  • Sever’s Disease
  • Kohler’s Disease
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
  • Chondromalacia Patellae
  • Anterior Knee Pain
  • Intoeing Gait
  • Tip Toe Walking
  • Symptomatic Flat Feet / Pes Planus
  • Normal Development Growth Variants
  • Any joint pain or mechanical pain (meaning you get discomfort on movement) throughout the body
  • After a fracture or surgery
  • Juvenile Arthritis
  • Chronic Respiratory conditions (Including Cystic Fibrosis & Bronchiectasis – shared care centre with Royal Brompton Hospital)

We currently do not have a designated chronic fatigue service and do not provide a specific obesity service (please discuss this with your GP or consultant).

For long term conditions such as motor disorders and developmental pathologies, referrals are managed by our community colleagues, with whom we work closely to ensure your child’s needs are met by the best team/service.

Children may be seen by both services, but this is unusual and if you find you have duplicate physiotherapy appointments please raise this with a physiotherapist.

How to refer

All referrals must come direct from your GP, consultant  or health visitor so please liaise with the relevant profession and they will determine if physiotherapy will be the best place for you to be referred to.

At this time we do not accept self-referrals or referrals from education.

Health professionals can email direct via: wsht.paediatricphysio@nhs.net

Internal emails are – paediatric.physiotherapy@wsht.nhs.uk


Attending your appointment

How to find us

Your appointment letter will tell you where you will be seen, as well as the date and time you need to be there.

If your child is under the age of 12 they should be seen in the Children’s Centre at Worthing Hospital, which is located in the East Wing not far from the main entrance

If your child is under 12 years of age and the appointment you have been given is not at the Children’s Centre, please let the children’s physiotherapy department know on 01903 286712.

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What to expect?

When you arrive for your child’s appointment please make yourself known to the reception team.

Your appointment will be between 20-40 minutes depending on the reason for referral. We do our utmost to run on time, so please ensure you arrive ahead of your allocated slot.

Please bring any of your child’s relevant medical history with you e.g. radiology reports or consultant letters, red book etc and ensure your child has a drink or snack and an appropriate toy to play with.

What to wear?

Your child must wear clothing that is easy to remove for examination eg for legs, ideally wear shorts, and for arms and back, wear a vest or loose clothing. We ask for removal of clothing but only for as long as necessary during physiotherapy.

For babies, undressing is also kept at a minimum and we recommend you also bring a blanket for warmth.

Attending as a parent or guardian?

Everyone attending a physiotherapy appointment who is under the age of 16 needs to be with a parent or guardian.

Between the ages of 16-18 we can see you on your own as long as we have consent from your parent(s) or guardian(s) and the therapist is happy to see you.

Depending on the issue, the therapist may ask a colleague to attend as a chaperone if a parent or guardian is unable to attend. This is normal operating procedure so please don’t be alarmed if this occurs.

What if I cannot attend or need to change the appointment?

If your child is being seen in the Children’s Centre, please contact the paediatric physiotherapy department as soon as possible on 01903 286712.

If you are attending one of our physiotherapy departments, please call the relevant number below and leave a message:

  • Worthing Physiotherapy Department:                                 01903 205111 Ext: 85014
  • Southlands Physiotherapy Department:                             01903 205 111 Ext: 83402
  • Littlehampton Physiotherapy Department:                         01903 843 628

Professional Bodies

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapist (APCP)


Parent and patient information

Please click on the related documents and links below for access to patient information about certain conditions:

Cystic Fibrosis Trust

 – Cystic Fibrosis Trust helpline: 0300 373 1000 or 020 3795 2184 Email: helpline@cysticfibrosis.org.uk
 – Resources for Cystic Fibrosis Clinicians
 – Cystic Fibrosis Publications

 

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis web link: https://www.jia.org.uk/
Normal Variants:  http://www.pmmonline.org/doctor/approach-to-clinical-assessment/normal-variants

Physical Activity Guidelines for people under 5 years old https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/physical-activity-guidelines-children-under-five-years/

Physical Activity Guidelines for people 5-18 years old https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/physical-activity-guidelines-children-and-young-people/

Physical activity ideas (Change for life Activities) https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities

Understanding pain

 

Physical Activity

Physical Activity Guidelines for people under 5 years old https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/physical-activity-guidelines-children-under-five-years/

Physical Activity Guidelines for people 5-18 years old https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/physical-activity-guidelines-children-and-young-people/

Physical activity ideas (Change for life Activities) https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities

 

Physical Activity posters

Physical activity for children and young people – 5 to 18 years

Physical activity for early years birth to 5

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