Children’s Physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants work with children and young people who have conditions which affect physical development, walking, movement, balance, coordination and posture. We also help children who have conditions that affect breathing.

How to refer

Access to physiotherapy is via a referral from your GP, Health Visitor, Midwife or Consultant.

*if the referral is felt to be inappropriate due to not meeting the our criteria the referrer will be informed and advice given

What happens next?

Following assessment, we may recommend a range of interventions including exercises, activity ideas, hydrotherapy or a series of treatment sessions with the Physiotherapist or Physiotherapy Assistant. We may also refer your child to the Orthotics or Podiatry Departments for specialist footwear, insoles and splints.

We work closely with our colleagues in the Child Development Centre and may offer joint treatment sessions with, for example, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.

We provide physiotherapy for children on Woodlands Ward, where we see patients on request, Monday to Friday.

If you have a query about the way your child is walking, it may be useful to know that there is a wide range of normal variation. The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists has a range of useful leaflets that you might like to look at before you contact us.

Links to leaflets

Flat Feet Advice Leaflet

Intoeing Gait

Symptomatic Hypermobility

Promoting Physical Development – Lying to Sitting

Awake time Ideas

Baby Walkers – Are they necessary?

Harrogate Health Hub also has a section for children:


Harrogate District Hospital

Specialist Children’s Services
Child Development Centre
Harrogate District Hospital
Lancaster Park Road

Hambleton and Richmondshire

Specialist Children’s Services
Child Development Centre
24 Brompton Road

Team Lead: Jade Kant

Useful links