Service Information

81. Physio.jpgAn Occupational Therapists role is to help people of all ages overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, ageing or accident so that they can carry out everyday tasks or occupations. Occupational Therapy helps patients to adapt, develop, recover or maintain their daily living, providing equipment and facilitating support for patients upon their discharge. Assessment and treatments are carried out on the ward to enable a safe discharge and working closely with the multi-disciplinary team.

In-Patient Teams

  • Medicine and surgery
  • Orthopaedics- elective and trauma
  • In-patient stroke rehabilitation
  • In-patient general rehabilitation
  • REACT (Rapid Emergency Assessment Care Team)

How to refer to the Service

Referrals to Occupational Therapy are received in a variety of different ways:-

Patients will be identified by the multi-disciplinary team or OT and referrals made verbally or written

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Facilities available across Leighton Hospital, Crewe and Victoria Infirmary, Northwich (Out-patients service only)

  • Activities of Daily Living Suite, consisting of a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom
  • Light Workshop Facilities
  • Splint Room
  • Office
  • Shared Reception Facilities with physiotherapy

How to find us

Leighton Hospital Location

From the Main entrance, turn left by the Reception Desk through the double doors. We are situated on the left about half way down - sign posted Occupational Therapy.

From the Out Patient Hall turn right and continue down the corridor until you see the sign for the department. (Opposite ECG)

Victoria Infirmary Location (Out-patients service only)

The Occupational Therapy department is situated within the Rehabilitation Unit, which is the first building on the left as you enter the hospital car park.

From the Rehabilitation Unit entrance we are situated on the left, about half way down the main corridor - sign posted "Occupational Therapy".

Contact Details

Occupational Therapy Department - Telephone 01270 612346/273024

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday: 08.30 – 16.30

Friday: 08.30 – 16.00


Occupational Therapy Manager – Helen Sawle


The Rapid Emergency Assessment Care Team (REACT) comprises of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Therapy Assistants. Predominantly we cover three clinical areas: A&E (Accident & Emergency), FEAU (Frailty) and AMU (Acute medical unit). The team aims to avoid hospital admission by providing comprehensive therapy assessments within the Accident and Emergency Department. Timely discharge assessments are provided for patients on the medical assessment and Frailty ward, for patients whose admission cannot be avoided. Assessment and detailed intervention plans ensure that the patient journey through the hospital is streamlined and a focus on discharge planning is maintained.

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