Physiotherapy

Who we are

Through our comprehensive physiotherapy service for inpatients, as well as a specialised service for outpatients, the PCH Physiotherapy Department provides the highest standard of care to children from birth to their 16th birthday.

We also provide a consultative service to primary care providers in rural and community services. 

Our department is part of PCH’s Allied Health services. 

Conditions we manage

We provide assessment, advice and a range of therapies to help children with musculoskeletal, neurological, respiratory, oncology and other complex conditions.

Children with bladder or bowel issues may be seen by our team through the Physiotherapy Continence Service, or by other PCH health professionals such as the Continence/Enuresis Nursing Service.

Services we provide

Physiotherapy aims to minimise the physical impacts of a child’s condition and help them return home from hospital as soon as possible. 

Children are referred for outpatient physiotherapy services at PCH when these problems are complex and require services from a specialised hospital, and when the physiotherapy cannot be safely provided close to the child’s home.

Physiotherapists work closely with the child and their carers to deliver individualised therapy and support to enhance their well-being, independence and participation. This includes training and education to help carers understand and be part of their child’s physiotherapy.  

Most of our outpatient services are provided in PCH’s Allied Health suite, which has a range of spaces and equipment including:
  • Therapy rooms
  • Gymnasiums 
  • Hydrotherapy complex
  • Gait room (for walking assessments).
We also provide services in other areas of the hospital, such as multipurpose therapy rooms near the wards, orthopaedic clinics and the splinting room in the plastics outpatient clinic.

Referrals

Referrals for physiotherapy at PCH can only be made by doctors at PCH and by a small group of external specialist doctors who have approved referral rights to the hospital.

After receiving a referral from a doctor (usually in writing), the Physiotherapy Department aims to respond to inpatient referrals within the same working day, and to outpatient referrals within 10 days. 

Please contact our department via 6456 2222 (PCH Switchboard) if you have not heard from us after two weeks of an outpatient referral being made.

Hours

Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm

Location

Our department is located on Level 4 in the Allied Health Suite, Clinic L.

Best lift to use: Pink

View the PCH map for more information.

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Contact us

Phone: 6456 0412