Occupational therapy

Occupational therapists can help with various problems you might experience.

These include:

  • Difficulties in coping with everyday activities such as getting washed, dressed, in and out of the bath or shower, on and off low furniture, cooking, and domestic or work-related activities
  • Shortness of breath, extreme tiredness (fatigue) and anxiety, for which they run specific sessions for learning relaxation, fatigue management and breathing techniques
  • Helping you with cognitive retraining, including managing with concentration and memory problems
  • Difficulties with hands and arms, including making splints if necessary
  • Functional difficulties and developmental concerns in children and young adults, including difficulties managing at school, handwriting and body image.

The occupational therapists may show you different techniques or equipment to help you manage. They may also order specific equipment for your home or advise on where you can hire or buy it, depending on your situation.

They may be able to carry out a home visit if appropriate to your needs.

Treatment sessions

The occupational therapists will see inpatients on the wards as many times as is necessary, and outpatients for four to six sessions.

No prescription charges are made to NHS patients. Private patients are charged by the hour. This is usually covered if you are an inpatient but you may need to check your insurance policy for outpatient cover.

How can I see an occupational therapist?

You can refer yourself or ask any member of staff to do so. The department is open to people of all ages, and has a specialist service for children and young people.

If you would like an occupational therapy service closer to your home, please contact the department and they will try to find one for you.

Chelsea: Occupational Therapy Department: 020 7808 2830
Sutton: Occupational Therapy Department: 020 8661 3090