What we do
Paediatric physiotherapy (Children’s Physiotherapy) is a specialist community physiotherapy service for babies, children and young people living in Herefordshire. Children’s physiotherapists have additional knowledge and experience of child development and childhood disabilities.
Children’s physiotherapists are responsible for the assessment and physical rehabilitation of children and young people who are identified as having difficulties with the development of gross motor skills and mobility as a result of accident, injury, disease or disability. They also see children with specific conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, gait anomalies and life-limiting conditions.
Children’s’ physiotherapists use a variety of tools to assess a child’s physical needs and their level of functioning. Goals of treatment are set in discussion with parents/carers and children and physiotherapy programmes are devised to work towards those goals.
Children and young people may be seen in a variety of settings including clinics, homes, nurseries and schools to ensure that the child’s physical needs are understood, and carers are supported in developing the skills and knowledge they need to maximise the child’s independence and physical functioning.
Children’s physiotherapists work in partnership with children, families and carers, education, social services and other health professionals to ensure better outcomes for the children.
About the children’s physiotherapy team
The team is made up of seven physiotherapists (equivalent to 4.69 full time physiotherapists), three part-time physiotherapy assistants and part-time administrative support.
The normal hours of the team are: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
However, on certain days there are extended hours from 8am to 5.30pm.
Referrals to the team must come through the Single Point of Referral Team (SPORT) based at Ross Road Child Development Centre in Hereford. Referrals are accepted into the paediatric physiotherapy service for any baby, child or young person from 0 to 19 years old with a Herefordshire GP.
Cross border or out of county referrals are dealt with on an individual basis.
Referrals should be made via the Single Point of Referral Team (SPORT) form and sent to the Child Development Centre, Ross Road, Hereford HR2 7R. Click here to access the referral form.
How to contact us
The Paediatric Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Teams are based at:
Children’s Therapy Teams
The Benet Building
Tel: 01432 269584
Fax: 01432 262931