Acute Medical Rehabilitation
The Chelsea and Westminster Medical Rehabilitation Team is an dynamic team of 15 Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Rehabilitation Assistants. The team works to provide the best care and treatment for our patients. We provide professional assessment and up to date treatment plans for patients who have difficulties with everyday activities and mobility. The main focus of this treatment is to help patients’ move from hospital to home. This often also involves community services.
The Team works across many specialties such as general medicine, surgery, gastroenterology, endocrinology, respiratory, medicine for the older person, cardiology and bariatrics. Across all of these specialties we work as part of a wider team with doctors, nurses, other therapists, community providers and Social Services to provide the best possible care.
How are patients referred to our service?
Our service runs from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:45pm and during this time we assess all patients’ therapy needs. We also accept referrals from nurses and doctors.
How do I contact the therapy team/provide feedback?
The team can be contacted Monday to Friday from 8:30am–4:45pm on 020 3315 8333. We are on the wards between 8:30am–4:45pm, so please leave a message if we can't answer your call.
If you would like to give feedback you can contact on the phone number above or via the M-PALS hospital service.
How do therapists plan for a safe discharge?
Therapists will work closely with patients and involve family and friends at your request. As a team, we will make a plan to help get you home safely with the appropriate support and services in place.
What happens after I leave hospital?
When patients are well and ready for discharge, the therapist will refer patients for any appropriate community services. This includes community, outpatient and inpatient facilities.
What items may I find useful to have in hospital/what should I ask my family/friends to bring in?
- Appropriate footwear—for example, lace-up shoes or slippers with a back and good grip
- Any walking aid you usually use at home
- Any personal items to alleviate stress/reduce anxiety—for example, diary, favourite books, music players, post
- Reading glasses/hearing aids/dentures
- House keys, if appropriate and needed for discharge
- Clothing and cosmetic items which may increase comfort—for example, dressing gowns, underwear, deodorants
Unfortunately we are unable to take back any items (such as walking frames or commodes) at the hospital.