Neurological Physiotherapy


The City Hospitals Sunderland Neurological Physiotherapy team provides care to inpatients and outpatients who have movement difficulties due to central nervous system pathology, genetic disorder or lower limb amputation.

Conditions include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Parkinson ’s disease and Parkinsonism’s
  • Spinal Injury
  • Stroke


Our Team

All Specialist Physiotherapists have postgraduate clinical training; all members of the physiotherapy team attend a structured training programme to ensure that their knowledge and skills are continuously updated to meet your needs. Treatment offered is in line with national standards, professional codes of conduct and evidence-based practice.


Neurological Physiotherapy Inpatient Services – The Acute Stroke & Neurological Rehabilitation (Hume) Units, Sunderland Royal Hospital

These units provide care which is focused on you.  Care is provided by a specialist, coordinated, multi professional team.  Members of the team include:

Rehabilitation consultants, neurological consultants, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, mental health team support and nursing staff.

The Acute Stroke Unit is based on Ward E58 and the Hume Unit is on Ward D41.

Neurological Physiotherapy Outpatient Service – Sunderland Royal Hospital

The team works in partnership with all services involved in your care. It  liaises with referring agencies (such as consultants, GPs, specialist nurses, therapists) and also refers patients to other agencies within the NHS (eg other therapies, the Orthotist, Walkergate Park Spasticity Clinic etc), Social Services (eg community Occupational Therapy, Wheelchair Services) and Community Support Services (eg. Exercise on Prescription, Momentum).

Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team – Sunderland Royal Hospital

The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team is a specialist community team providing healthcare, advice, social support and therapy 7 days a week.


How we can help

The Neurological Physiotherapy Team provides person centred therapy and works in partnership with all services involved in your care to enhance your role within your family, social environment or workplace. Physiotherapists work with you and your family to improve the quality of your life by improving your movement to reach your optimal functional ability.

Neurological physiotherapists assess and treat people who have a variety of needs, these may include problems with:

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Arm and Hand Function
  • Balance
  • Dizziness
  • Joint Movement
  • Pain
  • Spasticity
  • Walking

Neurological Physiotherapy treatment include:

  • Fitness Conditioning
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Movement Re-education
  • Pain Management
  • Supporting change to a healthier lifestyle
  • Vestibular Ocular Rehabilitation



Core Hours: Monday – Friday, 8.30 – 4.30

Referral: You are able to access physiotherapy with a referral from your GP or from a City Hospitals Consultant, Specialist Nurse or Therapist.

Self-referral: You are able to self-refer to physiotherapy if you are under the care of a Consultant in City Hospitals Sunderland for Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis and you have previously been treated by our Physiotherapists.


Useful Links

Age UK:
Fulwell Community Resource Centre:
MS Trust:
MS Society:
Stroke Association:
Sunderland Carers Centre:
Sunderland Move to Improve Programme:




Physiotherapy – Sunderland Royal Hospital: 0191 569 9027