Our Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Dietetics teams work on wards throughout Epsom General Hospital. The teams' work is closely co-ordinated with medical, nursing and other care professionals.
Speech and Language Therapy
The Speech and Language Therapy team deals with a wide range of conditions affecting communication and swallowing, and aim to ensure maximum recovery. There is also an outpatient service for patients with voice disorders.
All Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) relies on skilled assessment. Our therapists are highly trained, well motivated and keen to serve our patients. We work closely with patients to set the goals that they wish to achieve at the inpatient phase of their rehabilitation/recovery.
SLT works to enhance communication skills. The majority of our communication work is with patients who have had a stroke. These patients may have difficulties such as:
Dysarthria (a muscle weakness affecting muscles used in speech)
Dyspraxia (where the ability to form speech sounds is disrupted)
Dysphasia (language difficulty which can affect understanding or the ability to find/use words and sentences)
Dysphonia (voice disorders)
Cognitive Communication Disorder (where communication is impaired due to cognitive problems eg attention, memory, slow processing).
We provide therapy tailored to meet the needs of the individual after detailed assessment. The SLT team also assists the multidisciplinary team in risk feeding (also known as comfort feeding) decisions and management.
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
Our Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physiotherapy teams are highly skilled in their fields. Their work relies on skilled assessment, and is closely co-ordinated with medical, nursing, social care and other allied health professionals. The teams work together to give the best care and rehabilitation possible for their patients.
The main aim of the inpatient Occupational Therapy service is to assist patients to manage everyday activities to the best of their abilities, which are made difficult or impossible by disabilities, illness or surgery. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, our Occupational Therapists assess and treat a wide range of physical, cognitive and psychological needs, aiming to get patients to their maximum level of function and help promote their independence and safety for when they return home from hospital. Occupational Therapists are heavily involved in the discharge planning process of patients from hospital, working with other members of the hospital team to enable a safe and positive transfer back into the community. They also offer education and advice, specialist equipment to use at home, and can refer patients into other support services if appropriate.
The Physiotherapy team treat a wide range of conditions, and assist patients in their recovery (eg following an illness, surgery or injury). Physiotherapists work closely with patients to jointly set the goals they wish to achieve, aiming to motivate and rehabilitate them so as to ensure maximum recovery.
Nutrition & Dietetics Service
What we eat has a huge effect on our ability to avoid and fight disease. CSH Surrey's registered dietitians translate scientific information and research about food into practical advice to help people optimize their nutrition. They can also help with food-related problems, and treat disease and ill health.
When we are unwell, we may experience a reduced appetite or find we are eating less than usual. This can cause unwanted weight loss and a slower recovery. Research shows that we get better faster if our nutritional needs are met.
All patients admitted to the Epsom General Hospital will be screened for their nutritional status with the MUST (Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool) tool and referred to the dietetic inpatient service if additional support is required. Following a referral, the dietitians will visit the patient on the ward and often speak with the patient’s family or carers. They will carry out a thorough assessment of the patient’s needs, medical condition and other factors that may be affecting their nutritional status. They will then give advice on how best to improve the patient’s nutritional status and aid recovery. They will also liaise with catering and nursing teams to ensure provision of appropriate meals and support for patients who need help at meal times
Support is also provided for patients who are unable to eat and drink and need to receive their nutrition via a feeding tube (enteral nutrition) or directly into the blood stream (parenteral nutrition).