Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy is a whole person approach to health and wellbeing. The emphasis of occupational therapy is on maximising independence in essential activities of daily living. Home visits or access visits following assessments will be carried out of clinically appropriate.

The team of occupational therapists provide assessment and treatment to all patients on wards at East Surrey Hospital and will offer an outpatients service to those referred to them by a consultant.

The occupational therapy staff work in partnership with patients, carers and other health and social care professionals to provide a flexible and rapid assessment of individual needs to enable safe discharge.

Occupational therapy team specialisms


The orthopaedic team care for patients following elective or emergency surgery or general surgical procedure, either in the wards or in day surgery. Prior to elective surgery a pre-assessment will be given to help patients understand the rehabilitation process following surgery and to plan for managing at home post-surgery.

Neurological and stroke conditions

The neuro-stroke occupational therapy team provide specialist assessment and treatment to patients following a stroke or other neurological conditions. They will work with the patient and their carers to identify individual rehabilitation goals.

Care of the elderly

The medical and care of the elderly occupational therapy team provides assessment and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions including cardiac and respiratory conditions or dementia.

Therapy equipment

The occupational therapy team are able to issue equipment, on loan, for patients being discharged from East Surrey Hospital. This is specialist equipment to help people with disabilities or health problems to return to their homes.