Therapy Services

Surgical, critical and cardio physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists work in surgical, critical care cardiothoracic wards across Newcastle Hospitals.

We work with patients to keep them motivated and involved, and set goals and targets for their recovery.


Surgical and cardiothoracic wards

The Physiotherapy Team covers all the surgical and cardiothoracic wards across Newcastle Hospitals. This includes vascular, liver, colorectal, upper-gastrointestinal, breast, and urology specialities. 

Our main role is to prevent breathing complications for patients after their surgery. To help with this, we encourage patients to move around as soon as possible after their operation. 

We may also encourage patients to perform breathing exercises, and exercises for their limbs while in bed or in chairs.

Critical care

The Physiotherapy Team works across all of the adult critical care units in the Newcastle Hospitals.

We provide emergency chest care to patients, and work closely with nursing staff and doctors on the units to help reduce patients’ reliance on artificial ventilators.

We also work with patients on critical care wards to focus on the rehabilitation of patients who have been critically unwell. Our work can involve:

  • encouraging patients to sit on the edge of their bed for the first time
  • working with sitting balance
  • standing up from the bed or chair
  • helping patients to move around out of bed.   

More information

For more information about physiotherapy on surgical, critical care or cardiothoracic wards, please speak to the doctor or nurse on the ward. Alternatively, you can contact:

  • Catherine Baker, Physiotherapy Team Leader at the RVI, tel: 0191 282 9520
  • Jennifer Glennie, Physiotherapy Team Leader at the Freeman Hospital, tel: 0191 213 9563
  • Senior Physiotherapist for surgery and Intensive Therapy Unit at the RVI, tel: 0191 282 9184
  • Senior Physiotherapist neurological Intensive Therapy Unit at the RVI, tel: 0191 282 1838
  • Senior Physiotherapist surgery and ITU at Freeman, tel: 0191 244 8220
  • Senior Physiotherapist cardiothoracics and ITU at Freeman, tel: 0191 244 8213
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