Physiotherapy Department / Occupational Therapy Department
The teams with the healing touch
The Physiotherapy department is full of sunlight and the enthusiastic voices of a team that insists that being assertive and upbeat is part of the job. Physiotherapy is a combination of therapeutic massage and carefully-designed exercises that help get patients moving. This department serves post-operative outpatients and those with injuries and asthma. The Physiotherapist also visits patients in the wards, especially orthopaedic full joint replacement patients.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DEPARTMENT
Empowering people to live life well – that’s what our Occupational Therapy (OT) department is all about. From re-teaching a hand surgery patient how to use a spoon to helping developmentally delayed children how to sit, our OT plays a key role in the (better) functioning of the patients in Victoria Hospital. The department offers outpatients care every morning, helping children with developmental delay, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism as well as deafness and blindness. Adults with strokes and other injuries are also seen each morning. In the afternoon our OT will serve the wards and teach new skills to patients who have had amputations, hand operations and strokes. This department is responsible for assigning wheelchairs to those who need it.
Riefqah Isaacs – Physiotherapist
Head of Department, Physiotherapy
Head of Department, Riefqah Isaacs, has been at Victoria Hospital since 2009, taking over as head of department in 2016. In addition to running a comprehensive package of services, Riefqah has a special interest in dry needling and cardiac rehabilitation. Dry needling offers an effective, non pharmaceutical intervention for pain management, while the cardiac rehabilitation programme is a unique programme for patients after they have had a heart attack. It is this innovative approach that makes the physiotherapy department a popular choice among students, interns and community service physiotherapists.
Kristen Tittley – Occupational Therapist
Head of Department, Occupational Therapy
Kristen has been at Victoria Hospital since 2017 and enjoys her time split between the paediatric and adult wards throughout the hospital. She loves the variety of cases she gets to experience at the hospital, but has a special passion for working with children and orthopedic patients.