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Physiotherapy-departments

Physiotherapy at London Bridge Hospital

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Activating movement, restoring function and building strength, coordination and confidence

Appointments & Enquiries

0207 234 2500

HCA UK at The Shard

32 St Thomas Street

London  SE1 9BS

About our Physiotherapy Department

At London Bridge Hospital, our physiotherapists provide evidence-based treatment to support both inpatients and outpatients. Our team are Chartered and HCPC-registered, and just like our consultants, each one is an expert in their respective field with advanced subspecialised training that can range from cancer rehabilitation to women's and men's health. 


The team deliver a full spectrum of physiotherapy services – supporting each inpatient throughout their journey: from pre and post-surgery to outpatient care, as well as supporting clients with any non-surgical musculoskeletal condition. Whether staying at our hospital or attending our outpatient centre at The Shard, patients can expect a personalised, goal driven programme to improve joint and muscle function, strengthen and rehabilitate.

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London Bridge Hospital Physiotherapy Services

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    Injury can be caused by trauma, or it can be the result of our lifestyle. Our experienced team can perform a comprehensive assessment, including postural and biomechanical assessments, to diagnose the problem. We can help with back and neck pain, strains and sprains, sports injuries, work-related injury, pre-and post-surgery rehabilitation, headaches, joint pain and arthritis. Find out more on musculoskeletal physiotherapy here
     
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    Our team of highly trained hand therapists manage conditions and sports injuries such as ligament sprains, tendon injuries, and work related upper limb disorder. Post-surgery, our hand therapists work closely with the surgeon to provide cohesive care and following further assessment build a tailored treatment plan. We specialise in bespoke thermoplastic hand splinting and offer workstation analysis, assessment and advice. Find out more on hand therapy here
  • Women’s Health icon plus

    Our specialist Women’s Health physiotherapists are trained to treat a range of gynaecological, obstetric and colorectal conditions. This includes pelvic girdle pain (PGP), back pain during pregnancy, diastasis recti, incontinence – stress and urge, overactive bladder symptoms, pelvic organ prolapse, constipation, pain during intercourse and return to exercise following childbirth or surgery.
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    Our physiotherapists can help with a variety of problems related to incontinence, overactive bladder symptoms, pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction and bowel related issues. We offer treatments that include bladder and pelvic floor muscle re-training, manual therapy, and rehabilitation following prostate surgery.  
  • Cancer rehabilitation icon plus

    Research has supported the benefits of physiotherapy and exercise in helping to reduce side effects of cancer treatments and to help get patients back to their normal activities. Physiotherapy forms an integral part of the multidisciplinary team, with treatments such as therapeutic exercise programmes, myofascial release, manual lymphatic drainage, acupuncture and breathing exercises.

  • Respiratory icon plus

    Occasionally due to illness or disease, we can develop breathing difficulties following Covid-19 managing secretions within our lungs or lose the ability to have a normal breathing pattern. Respiratory physiotherapy aims to optimise lung function and help regulate our breathing pattern. It can support hyperventilation, asthma, pulmonary and cardiac disorders, and after thoracic or cardiac surgery.
  • Neurological physiotherapy icon plus

    Neurological physiotherapy can be beneficial for many new and more longstanding neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.  It can also benefit patients following neurological injury or surgery. We provide a comprehensive and individualised assessment which allows us to tailor the treatment to work towards achieving the patient’s goals.

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation icon plus

    Damage to the inner ear can result in inaccurate information being provided to the brain. This can lead to symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, motion sensitivity, nausea, vomiting and difficulty with vision, all of which result in challenges with balance and walking. Vestibular rehabilitation is an evidence-based treatment, which aims to minimise symptoms and maximise function. Treatment techniques include the Epley manoeuvre.
  • Running MOT icon plus

    We offer a comprehensive running assessment, to look at foot strike, cadence and relevant asymmetries, analysing where improvements can be made for runners of all levels and ability. Following the assessment, we’re able to offer an exercise and training plan helping the individual to make the adjustments safely and effectively. 

  • Cycling MOT icon plus

    Cyclists are prone to overuse injury due to the repetitive nature of cycling. Common issues include neck, back and knee pain as well as iliotibial band problems, which can all be caused by factors such as posture, bike fit, riding style, saddle position, pedaling mechanics and gears. During a physio-led cyclist MOT patients will have a sports injury specialist, bike fitter and experienced cyclist all rolled into one to optimise their bike set up.
  • Pilates icon plus

    Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on posture, strength, flexibility and endurance. It works out the entire body, putting emphasis on our mind and body connection. It concentrates on alignment, breathing and core control. At The Shard we currently offer one-to-one Pilates sessions. This can combine a mixture of both mat based and machine based exercises. 
  • UVB / Phototherapy icon plus

    Ultraviolet (UVB) light can be used to successfully treat a variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, and acne. A patient can be referred by a dermatologist to use UVB as a combination treatment together with ointments and creams. 

Outpatient physiotherapy at The Shard

We provide rapid appointments, diagnosis and treatment for clients requiring outpatient physiotherapy. Our specialised physiotherapists have a state-of-the-art gym on the 5th floor of The Shard, allowing a full spectrum of treatment and rehabilitation to be offered. So for people working in The City in particular, they can access world-class facilities and care that’s truly specialised – and convenient – within a short taxi-ride. 

Please note, we are also offering video sessions. 

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The latest techniques and equipment

Our physiotherapists use the latest techniques in mobilisation, manipulation, soft tissue massage, pain management, sports rehabilitation, taping and acupuncture. Our services are delivered in the finest facilities using state-of-the-art equipment including:

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    Gait trainer treadmill

    to improve gait, assess walking and running patterns and reduce pain

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    Anti-gravity treadmill

    for patients that can’t fully weight bear, such as after surgery or a fracture, or to increase bone density in osteoporosis

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    Power rack, functional trainer and TRX

    used to train patients on functional movements with resistance, and improve function and strength

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    Pilates reformer

    to train core muscles using spring resistance

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    Watt bike

    used to assess and treat cycling injuries, or for cycling MOTs

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My physiotherapist patiently and compassionately helped me from a state of pain and immobility to being able to run and train at a level close to before my back surgery. I could not be happier with the care and profession shown.
Paul

Physiotherapy patient

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Inpatient physiotherapy in collaboration with consultants

Should a patient require physiotherapy during their hospital stay, our therapists work closely with consultants and attend multidisciplinary team meetings. They gain an in-depth picture of each patient’s procedure and condition, and can tailor their treatment plan precisely. This collaboration creates the best immediate and long-term results.  A patient’s programme can then seamlessly continue from the hospital to our outpatient physiotherapy department at The Shard, or with clear instructions for their recovery once home. Continuity of care is fundamental to our service.  


If recovery isn’t progressing as expected or a condition would benefit from further investigation, we’re able to refer to the most appropriate specialist quickly. 

Our Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy team leaders

Anna-Williamson

Anna Williamson

Head of Therapies

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Aisling O’Malley

Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist

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Ann-Marie O’Reilly

Lead Orthopaedic Physiotherapist

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Emily Drakes

Outpatient Clinical Lead Physiotherapist

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Jenny Rodriguez

Lead Occupational Therapist

Katy Warrington

Inpatient Clinical Lead Physiotherapist

Occupational therapy

Our team of occupational therapists provide specialist assessment and intervention for patients in pain, following neurological injury, and at all stages of cancer treatment.  The aim is to keep patients doing what’s important to them - from moving freely and independently, sleeping, thinking clearly, working, and engaging in a full and active social life. This includes providing relevant equipment and linking in with community teams where appropriate.  


Our Occupational Therapy team also provide services for outpatients at The Shard, aiming to help manage and alleviate symptoms with techniques such as fatigue management, sleep optimisation strategies, peripheral neuropathy programmes, cognitive rehab, and return to work programmes. 

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Our extended Rehabilitation Programme

For patients needing a little more support, in order to make the transition from hospital to home as smooth as possible we offer a flexible, physiotherapy led rehabilitation programme. Patients are able to extend their stay in hospital, or stay in a luxury hotel in or near The Shard. This can provide the extra support and time needed to return to daily activities with confidence. Especially useful for patients who have undergone spinal or lower limb procedures, the rehabilitation programme provides an enhanced course of bespoke physiotherapy, led by the same specialist whose care they were under during their inpatient stay.

Contact us

For physio and occupational therapy appointments and enquiries email or call us on

0207 234 2500
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