Occupational therapy services are provided widely in hospitals and the community. Their aim is to restore the maximum degree of independence to people of all ages who have suffered illness, injury or mental health problem and where capacity to live normally within their own home has been impaired in various ways. Occupational therapists work closely with other health professionals.
The work is varied and can involve:
- Helping people to learn new ways of doing things
- Offer specialist treatment of hand injuries eg scar management and odema reduction
- Assessment and provision of equipment
- Training in alternative techniques and use of devices to increase independence
- Advice to patient and carers
- Completing a home assessment prior to discharge to ensure that required equipment and adaptations are in place
- Assessment of elderly patients who have presented at Emergency Departments following a fall
How to access the service
In hospital patients are referred to Occupational Therapy by Medical or Nursing Staff for assessment and advice according to their need.
In the community you can contact this service directly at one of the numbers below or ask your GP, a family member, housing organisation or other healthcare professional to do it for you.
All community referrals are made via call management.
If you live in north or west Belfast: Tel: 0845 6066596
If you live in south and east Belfast: Tel: 028 9056 5565
(Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm)