Stroke, neurology and amputee rehabilitation

The Stroke, Neurology and Amputee Rehabilitation Team is a multi-disciplinary service offering the expertise of a range of different healthcare professionals.

Our physiotherapists and occupational therapists work closely with other healthcare professionals to provide rehabilitation for amputee patients and patients who have suffered from strokes or have a neurological condition.

We aim to see patients on the wards according to their need. The frequency of these visits will vary, as many patients are unable to tolerate daily treatment when they are first admitted to hospital. As the patient progresses, we will work together to achieve the maximum level of independence. In addition to this, we help patients plan for discharge and manage daily living once they leave hospital.

Stroke, neurology and amputee rehabilitation

Amputee patients

We provide a range of rehabilitative support, including:

  • Continued inpatient rehabilitation following surgery to ensure a safe discharge from hospital;
  • Functional rehabilitation for patients who are at home and require ongoing support in daily living activities;
  • Moving, balance and walking re-education

Stroke patients

Our services for patients who have suffered a stroke include:

  • Care and support for those staying in Harrogate District Hospital’s Acute Stroke Unit;
  • Following discharge from the hospital, the Community Stroke and Neuro Team will see patients in the community for ongoing rehabilitation where appropriate;
  • Referral to other agencies for ongoing care requirements;
  • An outpatient service to progress rehabilitation

Neurological patients (adults)

We provide rehabilitation support in a range of settings according to need. This includes:

  • Acute neurological rehabilitation for patients on Oakdale Ward;
  • Ongoing rehabilitation for medically stable patients at Lascelles Rehabilitation Unit;
  • Outpatient assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with neurological conditions;
  • Patient education and exercise groups;
  • Management of those with neurological conditions

Outpatients

While we provide much of our rehabilitation in hospital, we also offer ongoing outpatient care to ensure that you are comfortable and coping at home.

When you first attend an outpatient rehabilitation appointment in the Therapy Services Department, your therapist will carry out a full assessment of your abilities and needs. He or she will then put together a treatment plan which will be discussed fully with you. The amount of treatment sessions you require will vary according to need, and you will have the opportunity to evaluate the success of your rehabilitative treatment with your therapist.

You may wish to bring a pair of shorts to your first appointment. This ensures that you can be fully assessed.

If you have multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s, you will be put on an ‘open access’ treatment plan. This enables you to contact us and ask to be reviewed by the therapists without having to go through your GP.

Opening times

We work Monday to Friday from 8am-4.30pm.

We provide an assessment service to newly diagnosed stroke patients at weekends and bank holidays to ensure they are assessed quickly.

Location

Our neurological, stroke and amputee outpatients are seen in the Therapy Services Department at Harrogate District Hospital, or within the Lascelles Unit.

Inpatient amputee rehabilitation takes place on Oakdale Ward.

Stroke care (both acute and inpatient rehabilitation) takes place on Oakdale Ward. The Community Stroke Team visit patients at their place of residence in the wider community.

Inpatient rehabilitation for people with neurological disorders takes place on Oakdale Ward for acute conditions. Once stable, the patient is seen on the Lascelles Unit.

Referrals

All referrals are from hospital consultants or GPs.

Key staff

Principal for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy: Pam Bagot

Useful links

Stroke Association is the only UK-wide charity solely concerned with combating stroke in people of all ages. It funds research into prevention, treatment, and better methods of rehabilitation, and helps stroke patients and their families directly through its rehabilitation and support services.

Parkinson’s UK  is dedicated to supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and carers.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society is the UK’s largest charity for people affected by multiple sclerosis.

Different Strokes is a charity designed for younger stroke survivors.

Age UK aims to provide information, promote independence, and combat loneliness for older people.

Guillain-Barre & Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies is a registered charity offering support and information to those affected by GBS.