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- Assessments & clinics
TypeChildren’s Therapy Services - Physiotherapy
The children’s physiotherapy team works with babies, children and young people from 0-19 years who may have developmental, neurological, neuromuscular or musculoskeletal difficulties. We provide specialist assessment and a range of interventions to enable a child with physical difficulties to reach their full potential, maximise function and independence, promote normal movement and prevent or limit contractures and deformity, thereby improving quality of life.
We treat a wide range of conditions which may include:
- Soft tissue injuries such as muscle strains, ligament sprains and joint injuries
- Orthopaedic conditions such as after fractures or after orthopaedic (bone/joint/muscle) surgery
- Congenital conditions such as clubfoot (talipes equinovarus) where the feet are abnormally positioned
- Acquired brain injury (ABI) & spinal cord injuries after accidents or illness
- Neurodisabilities such as cerebral palsy (CP)
- Neuromuscular conditions such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Myopathies
- Developmental Co-ordination Disorder/Dyspraxia
- Developmental delays in achieving motor milestones.
We are a team of specialist physiotherapists who are trained at post-graduate level and also includes physiotherapy assistants.
Who is this service for? Children and young people from the age of 0 to 19 living in the north of the county, includes the geographical areas of Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northants.
How to access this service: Referrals can be made by any healthcare or educational professional including Health Visitors, GPs, Paediatricians, Consultants, Therapists, SENCos, Teachers, Portage via the: Referral Management Centre
Please note: We only see Primary School aged children with musculoskeletal problems. Secondary School aged children are seen by the Adult physiotherapy team.
AddressSudborough House, St Mary's Hospital, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 7PW
Contact us and opening hours
Children’s Physiotherapy Service
St Mary's Hospital
Northants, NN15 7PW
Mon - Fri: 08.30am - 4.30pm
Telephone: 01536 452400 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm; answer machine available out of these hours or when staff out of office)
Sudborough House is fully disabled accessible. There are baby changing facilities in the building. Although we are predominantly a community team, we also provide the children’s physiotherapy service to Skylark Ward at Kettering General Hospital twice a day from 8.30am to 9.30am and 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
Please note if you live in south Northamptonshire, your child will be seen by the Children’s Physiotherapy Service based at Northampton General Hospital, Cliftonville, Northampton, NN1 5BD. Tel: 01604 544655.
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Parent leaflets produced by Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)
The APCP has produced a range of parent leaflets which can downloaded via their website. Topics include:
- Down Syndrome
- Choosing Footwear for Children
- Choosing the right school bag
- Intoeing Gait
- Awake Time Ideas
- Promoting Physical Development: Lying to Sitting
- Osgood Schlatter's Disease
- Flat Feet in Young Children
- Babywalkers - are they necessary?
- Standing Frames
- Standing Frames - Safety and Maintenance
- Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
- Symptomatic Hypermobility
- Head Turning Preference and Plagiocephaly
There is free onsite car parking at St Mary's Hospital. Please note this can be extremly limited at busy times.
There is also a Pay and Display car park situated on London Road (next to the swimming pool) which is a 5 minute walk away from the hospital. Opening times and charges are as follows:
Monday to Friday – 09:00-18:00 £1.50 for 2 hours, £3.00 for 3 hours, £6.00 over 3 hours. Please note the car park is not owned or operated by Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Assessments & clinics
Initial assessment appointments take place at Sudborough House, St. Mary’s Hospital, Kettering where we are based. Follow-up appointments for each child can be arranged with their parents/carers in a variety of settings to best meet each child’s needs. These settings include clinics, children’s centres, homes, nurseries, mainstream and special schools. We also offer joint appointments with other professionals e.g. Portage, Occupational Therapists, Health Visitors.
Some children are seen in specialised clinics according to their diagnosis and specific needs. These clinics include:
- DCD (Developmental Co-ordination Disorder)
- Botox injections for children with abnormal muscle tone
- Bobath review clinic
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Talipes (clubfoot) & Torticollis (tight neck muscle)
- Multi-disciplinary Orthopaedic Clinic (bone and joint problems)
- Musculoskeletal (soft tissue and joint problems. Please note - we only see Primary School aged children with musculoskeletal problems. Secondary School aged children are seen by the Adult physiotherapy team.
- Cerebral Palsy Integrated Physiotherapy (CPIP) Clinic (for early identification of orthopaedic problems).
We do not offer as part of our service
- Acute Respiratory Conditions e.g chest infection / acute asthmatic episode. These children should see either their GP or attend A&E. Parents and carers of children with open access to Skylark ward at Kettering General Hospital can contact Paediatric Assessment Unit directly.
- Acute Orthopaedic conditions e.g. bone fracture / soft tissue injuries. Parents and carers of these children should seek medical advice from A&E, Urgent Care Centre or GP.
- Assessment and provision of equipment such as walking frames / crutches for children attending A&E or Fracture clinic. Staff at Kettering General Hospital will provide this equipment.
- Musculoskeletal problems for children of secondary school age without a co-existing long term condition e.g. Cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophies. Refer to the local outpatient Adult Physiotherapy team
- Orthotics e.g braces / insoles / splints and footwear. Professionals (Consultants, GP’s, Occupational therapists and Physiotherapists) can refer directly to Blachford Orthotics Service.
- If you are unsure of whether to refer or not, please contact the local team for advice as to whether a referral to physiotherapy may be the most appropriate course of action. Tel no: 01536 452400.
This schools pack contains three documents to guide school staff to help children with co-ordination difficulties prior to referring to Specialist Childrens Physiotherapy: