Occupational therapists work with people who have an acute or chronic injury or illness with a focus on assessing a patient’s activities of daily living (E.g. Showering, dressing, toileting and feeding) and matching this to their home environment.
At the John Hunter Hospital, occupational therapists provide assessment and therapy for patients who have difficulty performing activities of daily living due to a current injury or illness. Occupational therapists use both standardised and non-standardised assessments to determine a patient’s suitability for discharge. Prescribing equipment and recommending home modifications may also be required during the discharge planning process. Common interventions include:
Pressure injury prevention
Upper limb therapy
Referral to external agencies for continued support post discharge may be recommended by the Occupational Therapist. Facilitation of safe and timely discharge to the clients preferred destination is our ultimate goal.
Services are available to all inpatients of John Hunter Hospital and to outpatients who meet the eligibility criteria.
Allied Health Physical Therapies
Level 1, Royal Newcastle Centre
John Hunter Hospital