Therapy Services

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

This page gives details about the Physiotherapy Team who work with patients on orthopaedic wards at the Freeman Hospital and RVI in Newcastle.


Our services

The physiotherapy team assesses and treats patients who need physical therapy on all Newcastle Hospitals’ wards, right through from admission to discharge.

We ensure that patients are safely discharged, and that they are referred for outpatient or community physiotherapy when required.

Experienced team

The team is made up of experienced physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants. We work closely with orthopaedic consultants and other healthcare staff to provide a high standard of care and rehabilitation for patients, who often have very complex needs.

We also have Clinical Specialist Physiotherapists who work with patients with a range of specialist needs.

Elective orthopaedics

Our physiotherapy staff work with patients on Ward 19, Ward 20 and the Day Case Unit at the Freeman, and Ward 42 and the Day Case Unit at the RVI. These are the ‘elective’ orthopaedic wards, where patients receive planned treatment for muscle and bone (musculoskeletal issues).

The common surgical procedures that patients staying on these wards receive, include:

  • spinal surgery including fusions, discectomies and scoliosis correction (for their backs)
  • upper and lower limb arthroplasty (joint repair) including hip and knee replacements
  • foot and ankle surgery
  • shoulder surgery
  • soft tissue surgery including ligament repairs.

Bone and soft tissue sarcomas

The Freeman Hospital is a specialist centre for the treatment of bone and soft tissue sarcomas (cancer). This includes diagnosis and management of the condition, including surgery to the upper or lower limbs, and implantation of artificial devices to replace a body part (prostheses).

Trauma orthopaedics RVI

Our physiotherapy staff also work with patients who suffer trauma, ranging from single limb fractures to soft tissue injuries.

Patients treated for trauma injuries are cared for on Ward 23 at the RVI.

Fractured Neck Of Femur Unit, ward 22 RVI

Patients admitted with a fractured neck of femur, will be treated by the orthopaedic physiotherapy team after their operation. We aim to help patients to return to their previous level of ability when they are discharged from hospital.

Outpatient service

We have physiotherapists working in the musculoskeletal outpatient department at the Freeman Hospital. You can find out more about the physiotherapy outpatient services we offer.

More information

For more details about our Orthopaedic Physiotherapy services, please contact:

  • Victoria Smith, Physiotherapy Team Leader in Orthopaedics
  • tel: 0191 282 6886
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