How we help
The children’s physiotherapy service at Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s Hospital is run by a small team of physiotherapists. We see children up to their 18th birthday but if your child is 12 years of age or older they may be seen in the adult outpatient department at our hospitals or satellite clinics.
We also work closely with you as parents/carers and your child to get maximum benefits from a physiotherapy programme of activities. We may also need to work with your child’s school or college where needed.
Physiotherapy at St Richard’s Hospital
At St Richard’s Hospital we provide inpatient and clinic physiotherapy, meaning that we only see you or your child if you have been admitted by your doctor on the ward or if your child has been referred to a specialist clinic.
Physiotherapy at Worthing Hospital
At Worthing Hospital we provide both inpatient and outpatient physiotherapy.
In outpatients, your child will attend an appointment at a set time and place, which will usually be the Children’s Centre at Worthing Hospital but may also be at one of our outpatient departments.
Your appointment will be between 20 and 40 minutes. Please bring any of your child’s relevant medical history with you such as radiology reports, consultant letters and their red book and make sure your child has a drink or snack and a toy to play with.
Your child should wear clothing that’s easy to remove for examination. For babies, undressing is kept at a minimum and we advise that you also bring a blanket for warmth.
Conditions we treat
For inpatients we assess and treat or maintain acute conditions such as chest infections, post-surgery, assisting with helping to mobilise and discharge planning as well as long-term conditions such as cystic fibrosis.
For outpatients we assess, advise on and manage conditions such as:
- head turning preference and lagiocephaly
- Erb’s palsy / brachial plexus injury
- Positional Talipes Equino Varus (PTEV) and club foot
- symptomatic or painful scoliosis
- Scheuermann’s disease
- symptomatic or painful joint hypermobility
- irritable hip (synovitis)
- developmental dysplastic hips
- Legg-Calve Perthes disease
- Osgood Schlatters disease
- Sinding-Larsen-Johasson disease
- Sever’s disease
- Kohler’s disease
- osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
- chondromalacia patellae
- anterior knee pain
- intoeing gait
- tip toe walking
- Symptomatic flat feet / Pes Planus
- normal development growth variants
- any joint pain or discomfort on movement throughout the body
- after a fracture or surgery
- juvenile arthritis
- chronic respiratory conditions (including cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis)
How to refer
All referrals must come direct from your GP, consultant or health visitor so please discuss your child’s needs with them. At this time we do not accept self-referrals or referrals from education.
Health professionals can email: [email protected]
Where we are
Your appointment letter will tell you where you will be seen, as well as the date and time you need to be there. If your child is under 12 years old they should be seen in the Children’s Centre at Worthing Hospital, which is located in the east wing not far from the main entrance
If your child is under 12 years of age and the appointment you have been given is not at the Children’s Centre, please let the children’s physiotherapy department know on 01903 286712.
Everyone attending a physiotherapy appointment who is under 16 years old needs to be with a parent or guardian. Between the ages of 16 and 18 years old we’ll need consent from your parent or guardian to see you on your own. The therapist may ask a colleague to attend as a chaperone if a parent or guardian is not able to attend.
Worthing Physiotherapy Department 01903 205111 Ext. 85014
Southlands Physiotherapy Department 01903 205111 Ext. 83402
Littlehampton Physiotherapy Department 01903 843628
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
- The Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapist (APCP)
Parent and patient information
- Cystic Fibrosis Trust
- Cystic Fibrosis Trust helpline call 0300 373 1000 or 020 3795 2184 or email [email protected]
- Cystic Fibrosis Trust publications
- Hypermobility Syndrome Association
- Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
- Scoliosis Research Society
- How safe are x-rays
- NHS guidelines for physical activity for people under 5 years old
- NHS guidelines for physical activity for people 5-18 years old
- Government infographic for physical activity for birth to 5 years old
- Government infographic for physical activity for 5 to 18 years old
- Physical activity ideas (Change for life Activities)
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