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Women’s and men’s health physiotherapy

The women’s and men’s health physiotherapy team are specialised in treating patients with pelvic floor dsyfunction. The team treats a wide variety of patients including men, women and children with bladder, bowel and sexual problems. The team also treats patients who are pregnant and our goal is to reduce pain and help keep women fit and active throughout their pregnancy.

What we do

The Chelsea and Westminster Women’s and men’s health physiotherapy team provides specialist physiotherapy management to men, women and children with bladder, bowel and sexual pain and dysfunction. We also treat patients in pregnancy and postnatally with musculoskeletal conditions. We work in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

Outpatient services

Conditions treated:

  • Bladder dysfunction in men, women and children—urinary incontinence, overactive bladder and voiding dysfunction (difficulty emptying bladder), pelvic organ prolapse
  • Bowel dysfunction in men, women and children—faecal and flatal incontinence and bowel evacuation disorders such as constipation 
  • Sexual dysfunction in men and women—pain with sexual intercourse and erectile dysfunction
  • Pre- and post-prostatectomy
  • Chronic pelvic pain—bladder pain syndrome, vaginal and/or vulval pain
  • Antenatal and postnatal musculoskeletal dysfunction including lower back and pelvic girdle pain, diastasis of rectus abdominis, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome and de Quervains tenosynovitis.

Some of the treatments we commonly provide:

  • Pelvic floor muscle retraining
  • Biofeedback for the pelvic floor
  • Bladder and bowel retraining
  • Lifestyle advice
  • Manual therapy
  • Core strengthening exercises and postural advice for musculoskeletal conditions
  • Antenatal physiotherapy advice and education class
  • Antenatal/postnatal pilates classes
  • Antenatal hydrotherapy class
  • Acupuncture

Your therapist will decide with you which treatment is most suitable for you.

Inpatient services

On inpatient wards we provide treatment and advice postnatally for women who are experiencing, or are at high risk of, pelvic floor dysfunction following delivery of their baby.

We hold classes on the postnatal ward for women following caesarean section on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. You will be invited to the class and be given more information about the class by the ward physiotherapist or midwives on the day.

We also provide advice to women on the gynaecology ward following gynaecology surgery.

Our team

Our team is led by Charlotte Barton, Women’s Health Extended Scope Practitioner and Independent Prescriber, and Miti Rach, Specialist Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapist. If you wish to contact the team, please use the phone number or email in the Contact section below. 

Referrals

To access our outpatient service you must be referred by your hospital consultant, GP or midwife. We do not accept self-referrals for one-to-one outpatient appointments.

If you are pregnant and are experiencing lower back pain and/or pain in the pelvis or hips you can self-refer into our 1-hour physiotherapy advice class which runs weekly on Thursday afternoons in the physiotherapy department. You must book in advance to secure a space in the class. For enquiries or to book onto the class please contact the Therapy Services Department (see telephone number and location below).

Your appointment

Please arrive promptly for your appointments. If you miss an appointment or arrive late to the appointment you will be referred back to you GP.

Your first appointment will last up to 40 minutes and any follow-up appointments up to 25 minutes. At your first appointment we will ask you lots of questions about your symptoms to get a clear idea of your condition and how it is affecting your life, and to help us formulate an appropriate treatment plan. We may carry out an assessment which may include an internal examination with your consent, if necessary. Please be aware that all the therapists in our team are female.

It's also helpful if you bring a list of any medicines you're taking, along with details of any previous hospital treatment. 

If you require an interpreter, please inform the administration team at least 1 week prior to the appointment. Unfortunately, we cannot use family members or friends as interpreters and if an interpreter hasn’t been booked we will not be able to continue with the appointment.

Location

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Your appointment will either be in the Therapy Services Department on the Ground Floor at Lift Bank C or in Gynaecology Outpatients on the 1st Floor at Lift Bank B.

When you book your appointment you will be informed where your appointment will take place. 

Please be aware that public transport to the hospital and the hospital car park can be very busy, so please allow plenty of time to get to your appointment. If you arrive late or miss your appointment due to travel problems we cannot guarantee that you will be seen, and you may be referred back to your GP. 

Contact information

If you have any queries prior to your appointment, or wish to reschedule an appointment, please contact us on the number or email below. Please ensure you give at least 48 hours notice if you are rescheduling or cancelling your appointment. Our opening times are 8am–5pm Mon–Fri.

T: 020 3315 8404
E: physiotherapyappointments@chelwest.nhs.uk

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