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Occupational Therapy

Where is the Occupational Therapy department?

Occupational Therapy services at Mater Dei Hospital are situated in the Rehabilitation Unit.
This is located in the South Corridor, a little further from the Chapel.

What do we do?

Occupational Therapy (O.T.) involves the treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions through specifically selected activities in order to help people reach their maximum level of function and independence in all aspects of daily life. O.T. provides both in-patient and out-patient services at Mater Dei hospital as well as accepting referrals from the community.

At Mater Dei, the Occupational Therapy Department is divided into:
out-patient services which is further subdivided into three main areas: Neurological conditions, Orthopaedics (mainly upper extremity) conditions and arthritic conditions. Clients are assessed on an individual basis and O.T. intervention includes construction of custom made splints, sensory and motor retraining, retraining in activities of daily living (ADL’s), advice regarding joint protection, energy saving techniques, adaptive equipment and the psychological adaptation to the disease.
in-patient services which involves the assessment and treatment of a variety of conditions from neurological, medical, surgical, orthopaedic, specialities and paediatrics. The main focus at ward level is on both prior to discharge and instrumental home-visits as necessary. Recommendations, advice and training on adaptive equipment are given to both clients and carers. There is also frequent liaison with other professions within the hospital as well as with NGO’s.
 

How is a patient referred to these services?Outpatients referral system Referrals forms are received from the Hand Clinic, Rheumatology Clinic and from Ward Occupational Therapists, Paediatric Occupational Therapists, other consultants, general practitioners and paramedics. 

The procedure is as follows:
  • Any O.T. referral should be fully completed with patient particulars and signed by the consultant
  • Once receiving the referral, it has to be registered
  • Appointments need to be sent within a week of receiving the referral form. The patient will be contacted by telephone or post.

Wards referral System Referrals are received from various wards and generally a doctor’s referral is required, though patients may be cross-referred by other allied health care professionals. These referrals are either received on the wards, at ward round or by telephone from any member of the multi-disciplinary team.
Following assessment, the O.T. will establish treatment aims, specific to the individual function level, life roles and environmental contexts.
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