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Therapy Services: Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy

An overview of the service, what services you provide : Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy to all MEHT wards, including the Maternity floor and Outpatient Physiotherapy clinics.(excludes the specialist Therapy service for St Andrews Burns and Plastic surgery Unit and Hand Therapy departments)


Physiotherapy aims to help people of any age whose ability to function in daily life has been disrupted by illness or injury. It: “uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status.” (CSP Curriculum Framework January 2002). The exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at the core of everything we do.

We see patients after referral. Once you have been assessed, you will be seen by your Physiotherapist and/or their Therapy Assistant to oversee your treatment programme. We are here to help and will provide advice when needed.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy aims to help people of any age whose ability to function in daily life has been disrupted by illness or injury. We help patients to develop or regain the skills they need to attain independence in daily living.

We see patients after referral. In Patients receive an initial interview and an initial assessment. Once you have been assessed, you will be seen by the O.T and/or their Assistant to oversee your treatment programme. We work with you to identify problem areas, focusing on practical issues such as washing and dressing, getting into/out of bed and on/off the toilet, bathing, eating, shopping, mobility, stairs etc. Where appropriate, we will recommend (and in some cases, supply) equipment and minor adaptations e.g. bath seats, wheelchairs, wall rails, adaptive cutlery. We may also look at things like cognitive functioning, mood and behavior, and social and communication skills. We are here to help and will provide advice when needed.

Therapy Assistants

Therapy Assistants are an integral part of the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy teams. We treat patients alongside qualified staff and are also responsible for much of the ‘behind the scenes’ work of the department. Assistants are encouraged to develop our skills are far as possible to maximize our potential. All Assistants receive in-house training.

Multidisciplinary Teams

Therapists work closely with other Healthcare Professionals, patients and carers in order to maximize each patient’s recovery and independence. Most wards have Multidisciplinary Team (M.D.T.) meetings, which include the ward’s regular Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist. This is an opportunity to discuss patients’ progress and to co-ordinate their discharge planning in the best informed way. M.D.T. meetings provide an open and effective working environment between all disciplines on the ward.

Contact details, location of service, names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses : Therapy Services is located on Level 1 of Broomfield Hospital, the direction finder code is E127.


Lead Therapist Emergency Care: Lynda Lovelock

Lead Therapist Planned Care: Lisa Martin

Lead Therapist Outpatient Services and Womens Health: Debbie Snell

Lead Therapist office: 01245 514195

Therapy reception: 01245 514198

Appointments hotline: for new appointment bookings: 01245 514194
Inpatient Therapy office: 01245 514197/9 (answer phone)

Opening Times:

The outpatient reception is open from 8am- 4pm Monday to Friday.
Outpatient clinics operate from 8am- 4.30pm (soon to be 7.30 - 4.30)
Inpatient services are delivered 7 days a week to specific ward areas between the hours of 8am- 4.00 pm. An out of hours oncall rota is in place for patients with acute/ urgent respiratory problems.

Other Information:

Work Experience is offered to A-level students (or above) who have a specific interest in either Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy.

You can contact the Therapy reception for more details, or write to us at Broomfield Hospital Therapy Services department.

Students in pre-registration training work on placement in all clinical areas of the hospital, under the supervision and guidance of senior therapists. Students are accepted from many Universities, but the majority will be from Essex University or University of Hertfordshire.

For further information on clinical placements please contact Lynda Lovelock or Debbie Snell at (contact details given above).