Specialist Palliative Care Physiotherapy Team

What we do

The Specialist Palliative Care Therapies Team is a community based service, with assessments undertaken predominantly in patients' homes; Walsall Palliative Care Centre, or within St Giles Walsall Hospice (located within Walsall Palliative Care Centre). Where these locations are not feasible, alternative locations will be negotiated on an individual basis i.e. family member's homes; employment or day centre settings.

The Specialist Palliative Care Physiotherapist supports adults with a palliative care diagnosis who require specialist physiotherapy assessment and treatment that is designed to maximise independence and quality of life. Goals of treatment are devised in partnership with the patient and represent what is important to them.

The service is available to adults who are Walsall residents or registered with a Walsall GP with:

A palliative care or life limiting diagnosis who as a result of functional deterioration in line with disease progression require Specialist Community based Physiotherapy intervention.

Summary of interventions

Assessment and prescription of equipment to support mobility.

Prescription of exercises to improve mobility or prevent deterioration.

Assessment of transfers and identification of strategies to promote independent transfers.

Prescription of exercise aimed at reducing fatigue and improving exercise tolerance.

Assessment and treatment of joint or muscle pain.

Assessment and treatment of breathing difficulties including problems with breathlessness and sputum. This may include the provision of breathing exercises, advice on positioning and effective sputum clearance techniques

Hours of Operation 

Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

The office is not manned continously, however, there is an answer phone facility when unmanned. This service is not an emergency service. In the event of an emergency, contact your GP, District Nurse, ward staff or NHS Direct 0845 4547

Service Locations

Walsall Palliative Care Centre

Goscote Lane

Walsall

WS3 1SJ

 

Tel No: 01922 602630

Fax No: 01922 602510

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Are Self-Referrals Accepted?

Self-referrals are accepted.

Where a referral is not from a healthcare professional, clarification regarding diagnosis and supporting medical information will be sough prior to referral acceptance.

How to Access the Service/Referral contact information

Written referrals should be completed using the Community Adult Oncology and Palliative Care referral form or Single Assessment Process (SAP) documentation and include clinical reasoning for referral i.e. outline of functional difficulties experienced in line with diagnosis or disease progression. Fatigue/breathlessness management, maintaining function and independence, improving comfort and quality of life.

 

Referrals should be supplemented with additional medical details as appropriate. If unsure of the appropriateness of a referral, please contact the team to discuss prior to forwarding the referral.