Occupational Therapy: Rheumatology
The Rheumatology Occupational Therapy Service provides assessment for patients with newly diagnosed or long term conditions. Therapists may provide equipment, advice or teach techniques to help patients complete daily tasks independently.
The Rheumatology Occupational Therapy Team are part of the Occupational Therapy (OT) department.
The Rheumatology Occupational Therapy Service provides outpatient assessment appointments at the Occupational Therapy Department. For patients who are unable to attend an outpatient appointment a visit to the patient’s home can be arranged.
Occupational Therapists wear green trousers and white tunics.
The Occupational Therapy Department is located in Entrance 8 Rehabilitation at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
The nearest car parks are outside the Surgical Day Case Unit and the main Outpatients car park off Chester Road.
The Occupational Therapy Department provides a seven day service between 08:00 to 16:30 each day.
Occupational Therapy 0191 5656256 extension 42412
Divisional General Manager Jackie Butterworth
Directorate Manager Mandy Bates
Clinical Director Mary Spearman
Clinical Manager Jill Graham
Assessments are conducted by Occupational Therapists with specialist knowledge in Rheumatology conditions. The Therapist will assess the patients’ abilities, recommending assistive equipment and will give patients joint protection advice to support them in their home environment with day to day tasks.
Some patients may benefit from a splint or specialist gloves for the hand and the Occupational Therapist will use expert skills to assess the type of splints that will benefit the patient.