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Role of Physiotherapy in Intensive Care and Cardiothoracics and Surgical Ward

Our highly qualified physiotherapy team are experts in the management of patients in both the intensive care setting, and the cardiothoracic and surgical ward setting. Following a thorough assessment, we will work with you to create an individualised treatment programme, which will be reviewed, and progressed as appropriate. We always aim to return to you to your baseline level of functioning, and will provide you with an exercise programme which you can use to continue to improve yourself after discharge.  

Conditions treated:

  • Post Operative Cardiac Surgery- (bypasses, valve replacements)
  • Post Operative Gastrointestincal Surgery- (colectomies, laparotomies)
  • Post Operative Genitourinary Surgery- (prostate surgeries, hysterectomies)
  • Post Operative Neurosurgery- (craniotomies, back/neck surgeies)
  • Post Operative Lung Surgery (Video Assisted Thorascopic Surgery)
  • Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Deconditioning post illness
  • Decreased Mobility
  • Decreased Balance


Services Provided:

  • Intensive Care Unit respiratory care assessment and management
  • Pre and post operative respiratory care assessments and management
  • Airway clearance techniques
  • Post operative functional retraining
  • Exercise prescription for the elderly
  • Exercise prescription in cardiac and pulmonary patients
  • Balance retraining exercise prescription


Benefits of Physiotherapy:

  • Helps to avoid any chest complications post your surgery
  • Promotes early mobility after your surgery, and assists you with this
  • Offers you an individualised exercise programme to help you to return to function after your illness
  • Guide you throughout the different stages of rehabilitation post your surgery to help return you to full function
  • If required, we can refer you on to our outpatient department, or to the community services to continue your rehabilitation after discharge


How to access the service:

Should you require any physiotherapy intervention, your consultant can refer you to the physiotherapist during your inpatient stay  


The cost of your inpatient physiotherapy is included in your health insurance package of care for your stay.  

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