Therapies at University Hospital Lewisham

The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Departments provide a service of assessment and treatment for patients with either permanent or temporary disabilities, with the aim of maximising function and preventing further disability. 

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function to as near normal as possible when someone is affected by injury, illness, or by developmental or other disability.  A comprehensive physiotherapy service is provided to both inpatients and outpatients.

Occupational therapy focuses on optimising a patient's ability to participate meaningfully in activities of daily life, including the home environment and work situations. Assessment and appropriate treatment is carried out and goals set, to enable adaptation to functional difficulties and maximisation of independence and quality of life. 

The Inpatient Therapy Service focuses on inpatient care and liaises with colleagues within health and social services for community care needs.

What services are available?

The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Departments provide a number of services including:

The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Departments covers specialities including:

  • Respiratory medicine
  • Critical care
  • Orthopaedics
  • Amputees
  • Neurology rehabilitation – including stroke, paediatrics and elderly care

Where does physiotherapy and occupational therapy take place?

The Physiotherapy and Outpatient Departments are based is in the Physiotherapy Building in the Blue Zone, where there are two gyms, a hydrotherapy pool and activities of daily living rehabilitation facilities.

In addition, the Stroke Unit (Beech Ward) has a gym and kitchen facility within the ward, and a further gym for inpatient rehabilitation is located on the second floor of the Riverside Building.

How can you contact the departments?

Occupational Therapy Department. T: 020 3192 6365

Outpatient Physiotherapy Department: T: 020 8333 3148

Emma Tilley, Head of Adult Occupational Therapy



University Hospital Lewisham 

Yogesh Chahal, Lead Occupational Therapist

T: 020 8333 3000, Ext. 43125



Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Tim Hall, Lead Occupational Therapist

T: 020 8836 6000 Ext. 65002