Integrated Community Rehab Services

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Many patients, particularly the elderly, suffer with loss of function after a major physical illness, which can result in difficulty in coping in their usual environment. Often things improve spontaneously as the patient recovers from the illness, but sometimes this process can be slow or incomplete.

Rehabilitation offers the patient a chance to work with a multi-disciplinary team to achieve the maximum recovery from ill health, and minimal subsequent disability.

The community team delivers rehabilitation therapy either in their inpatient units at Buccleuch Lodge, at the Peele, or in the patient’s own home.

Referrals are accepted for people who are registered with a South Manchester GP.

Intermediate care

The Intermediate Care bed based services  at Buccleuch Lodge and the Peele offers a short term period of multidisciplinary rehabilitation and care to enable people to gain as much independence as possible to help return home.  There are 2 Intermediate Care units for patients in South Manchester, with a total of 26 beds where patients can be treated before being discharged to complete their rehabilitation in their own homes or a supported community setting. A mix of nursing staff, therapy staff (including Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists) and Team Assistants provide the care in the units with sessional input from Consultant Geriatricians. Patients can be discharged from hospital to an Intermediate Care bed for further rehabilitation or, subject to assessment, stepped up from their own home.

The two Intermediate Care units are:

Buccleuch Lodge – a 14 bedded unit in West Didsbury
The Peele –a 12 bedded unit in Benchill, Wythenshawe

Patients must be suitable for having their medical and nursing needs met safely outside hospital to be transferred to one of these units and must be registered with a South Manchester GP.

How are patients referred?

Referrals are accepted from all health and social care professionals in primary and secondary care.

Contact:
Tel: 0161 217 3943
Fax: 0161 217 3941

Community physiotherapy

The team provides highly specialist assessment, rehabilitation and advice to adult patients, mainly elderly people and their carers in South Manchester. They offer short term, time-limited rehabilitation and supported recovery to work towards agreed goals, following individualised assessment and goal-setting. Treatment is delivered to improve function, independence and quality of life. The service is for patients assessed as being appropriate to have community physiotherapy in the home environment rather than another setting.

Referrals are accepted for patients registered with a South Manchester GP

How are patients referred? 
Referrals are accepted in writing by fax from all health professionals in primary and secondary care e.g. District Nurses, GPs, Consultants, and Physiotherapists.

Contact:
Tel: 0161 946 8364
Fax: 0161 946 9427

Community occupational therapy

We provide this service across Manchester and people are assessed in their homes or wherever they are currently living. The service provides:

  • Assessment and treatment of functional difficulties affecting activities of daily living
  • Rehabilitation using activities that teach alternative or compensatory techniques
  • Problem solving around the person’s needs
  • Education and advice to support people and their carers to cope with limitations caused by their conditions
  • Assessment to look at ways to adapt the home to make everyday activities easier

How are patients referred? 
Referrals are accepted in writing by fax from all health professionals in primary and secondary care e.g. District Nurses, GPs, Consultants, and Physiotherapists.

Contact: 
Tel: 0161 946 9439
Fax: 0161 946 9427

Early supported discharge (stroke)

Our Early Supported Discharge Team works with patients and their carers to ensure stroke patients can return home as quickly as possible. These patients are supported by specialist follow-up rehabilitation in the community comparable to that of an inpatient stroke unit. The service focuses on working with patients to meet their individual goals, taking into account the needs and abilities of their carers. Support can be provided for up to six weeks after discharge from hospital and patients also have a follow-up appointment with the team six months after their stroke.

The service is for patients registered with South Manchester and Trafford GPs who have been discharged from University Hospital of South Manchester Stroke Unit or from the Hyper Acute Specialist Units at Salford Royal Hospital, Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, and Fairfield Hospital in Bury. Patients must be assessed as medically stable for discharge home with the support of a trained carer.

The team works closely with the stroke team at Wythenshawe Hospital, F15 Stroke Unit, as well as having very strong links with the Hyper Acute Specialist Units.

How are patients referred?

Referrals are accepted from Acute Hospital Trusts only to facilitate early discharge following a stroke.

Contact:
Tel: 0161 946 8364
Fax: 0161 946 9427
Email: smu-tr.uhsmstroketeam@nhs.net