Therapy Services

Neurological Physiotherapy

This page gives you details about our physiotherapy services for patients with neurological problems in Newcastle and beyond. 

We work with patients at the Regional Neurosciences Centre at the RVI.

What is neuro-physiotherapy?

A neurophysiotherapist assesses and treats people with neurological conditions.

These are conditions associated with the central nervous system – the brain, spinal cord and nerves. People with neurological conditions can often have complex problems including:

  • muscle weakness
  • stiffness
  • balance problems
  • sensory changes.

These conditions can have a huge impact on the body’s function, and on day-to-day activities.


Neurological disorders and diseases

Our physiotherapists see a huge range of disorders and diseases in patients. Some of the more common disorders we see include:

Specialist services and treatments

Our physiotherapists provide a range of specialist services for patients who have neurological conditions. Find out more about the services and treatments we provide.

Wards we work in

Physiotherapists work in a number of neuroscience wards and clinics across Newcastle Hospitals. You can find out more about the wards our physiotherapists work in.

What to expect from a neurophysiotherapy session

The physiotherapy team assesses and treats patients - from admission to discharge. If needed, we refer patients onto follow-up services after discharge from hospital.

  • Assessment: we carry out a full initial physical assessment and get detailed information about patients’: medical history; previous mobility and body function; personal and social situation. This helps to decide a patient’s individual needs and goals, and create a treatment plan.
  • Treatment: treatment is centred on a patient’s individual needs. We encourage patients to manage themselves, and involve family/carers in the treatment. We work with other professionals and use specialised treatment techniques to help patients achieve the best level of function possible. We always offer advice, support and help to solve problems for every patient.
  • Equipment: after assessment, we can provide equipment such as walking aids and splints. We can refer patients to specialist services for wheelchairs, orthotics (such as braces, corsets, collars) and occupational therapy for splints and equipment to help with day-to-day activities.
  • Discharge and follow-up: we work with local and regional services, other hospitals and specialist teams so that patients who need further care can receive it when discharged from hospital.

Items to bring to neurophysiotherapy sessions

As well as items recommended by nursing staff, we suggest inpatients should bring:

  • a sturdy pair of slippers or shoes
  • comfortable clothes/nightwear
  • swimwear - if hydrotherapy has been suggested by your physiotherapist
  • your normal walking aid - labelled and clearly identifiable.

Outpatients should wear comfortable loose fitting clothes, and bring some shorts if appropriate.

Our physiotherapy team

Our team of healthcare professionals works with inpatients, outpatients and in clinics closer to our patients’ homes. Our team is made up of:

  • specialist neurological physiotherapists
  • rotational neuro-physiotherapists
  • junior physiotherapists
  • assistant physiotherapists.

Our physiotherapists work with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to treat and support patients during their hospital stay and beyond.

Students

As a teaching hospital, student physiotherapists may observe or treat you during your stay. If you would prefer not to have a student, please speak to a physiotherapist.

More information

Websites

Booklets

  • Neuro-oncology Specialist team.pdf
  • Cherryburn Rehabilitation Unit.pdf

Contacts

For more information about neurophysiotherapy, contact:

  • Paula Dimarco, Physiotherapy Team Leader for neurosciences and stroke - tel: 0191 282 1786 (Monday to Friday 8:00am – 4:15pm) email: paula.dimarco@nuth.nhs.uk
  • Dan Harvey, Specialist Physiotherapist, Acute Stroke - tel: 0191 282 1736 (Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm); email: Daniel.harvey@nuth.nhs.uk
  • Hillary Bruce, Specialist Physiotherapist, Stroke Rehab - tel: 0191 282 3860 (Wednesday to Friday 8:00 – 5:00pm); email: Hillary.bruce@nuth.nhs.uk
  • Paul Johnson, Specialist Physiotherapist, Outpatient services - tel: 0191 282 1800 (Monday to Thursday 8.00am - 4.00pm); email: paul.johnson7@nuth.nhs.uk
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