The Urgent Care Therapy Team supports the Emergency Department to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.

The team specialise in assessing and treating patients who are medically fit for discharge but may require further services, support or aids and adaptations to be able to manage at home.

The service is commissioned from 08:00-18:00hrs, 7 days a week covering A&E, Major and Minor Injuries, Clinical Decisions Unit and Acute Medical Unit.

The therapists will carry out an assessment based on your presenting condition. The therapist will then aim to offer advice to both colleagues and patients, highlighting any need for referrals on to further services in order to prevent readmission to hospital and improve quality of care. Due to the nature of emergency care, the team see a variety of conditions. These include:

  • Falls
  • Social problems
  • Mobility problems
  • Fractures
  • Patients who are not coping at home
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Acute onset of back pain

If on-going rehabilitation or services at home are necessary, then the team can refer to the following services:

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Hospital at Home
  • Independent living at home service
  • Social Care

We also refer to:

  • Community Physiotherapy
  • Assessment and Rehabilitation Therapy Services (ARTS)
  • Specialist Community Services