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Occupational Therapy

Clinical Hours
Monday to Friday: 7.30 – 15.30
Saturday: 7.30 - 12.30
Services outside these hours can also be available upon appointment.

Contact number
25452317

What is Occupational therapy (OT)?
Occupational Therapy aims to improve quality of life, so that your life will be as comfortable and productive as possible so you can live independently. Your therapist will take into consideration what you wish and want to do, and together you will develop a treatment plan to achieve your goals.

What services are offered by the OT department?
Inpatient services: Inpatient occupational therapy service is provided in all wards at the Oncology Centre.
Outpatient services: Outpatient services are offered at the Palliative care clinic as well as to other patients who need more intensive treatment following their stay in hospital. Sessions can either be on an individual basis or in the form of a therapeutic group. A home visit may also be carried out to assess the home environment and recommend any adaptations required.

Who can make use of this service?
Patients and carers at at the Oncology Centre can benefit from occupational therapy services. An OT can advise and help people having the following symptoms either as a result of their diagnosis or the treatment they are receiving;
     • altered sensation, 
     • anxiety and depression, 
     • body image (including hair loss, lymphoedema and surgery),
     • breathlessness and cough,
     • cognitive deficits,
     • constipation/diarrhoea,
     • fatigue, insomnia,
     • nausea, vomiting,
     • sore mouth,
     • problems with swallowing,
     • neurological problems,
     • pain,
     • tissue viability/skin integrity
     • weight loss.

How can you be referred?
Any medical doctor or healthcare professional can refer you for Occupational therapy services. Upon your referral, a member of staff assesses you and a treatment plan is devised.