Hand therapy

What we do

We are a regional hand unit consisting of specialist occupational therapists and physiotherapists who work together to manage patients with a variety of hand injuries and chronic conditions. We aim to help patients through the rehabilitation process and return to optimum function.

We offer both outpatient and inpatient hand therapy for both adults and children. For outpatients, this usually follows a referral from one of the specialist hand consultants. Inpatients are referred to us following trauma or planned surgery during an inpatient stay and then are followed up as outpatients once they have left the hospital.

Hand therapy involves:

  • Education on surgical procedures, time scales, precautions and answering patients' questions
  • Splinting the affected hand to protect it after surgery
  • Exercises to preserve function of joints
  • Scar and oedema management
  • Functional evaluation of the hand to aid in decisions on whether surgery is needed

Information

Our team

The team is led by a consultant hand therapist and supported by a clinical specialist hand therapist and 13 full-time hand therapists and one therapy assistant.

Location

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

We are located on the Ground Floor, Lift Bank C

Contact

T: 020 3315 8404

Opening hours

Our service runs Mon–Fri from 8am – 6pm.

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