We are a nationally recognised award winning service, with advanced skilled specialist physiotherapists.

Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.

The physiotherapists use a variety of treatment approaches and involve patients in their own care through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. Patients are encouraged to play an active role in their treatment, agreeing treatment goals and options and may involve commitment to a home exercise programme. In some cases advice on how to self manage a condition with exercises for example may be the first line of approach.

Physiotherapy helps to maintain health, well being and quality of life for people of all ages using a “whole person“ approach including the patients general lifestyle.Treatment can encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work and helping them to remain independent for as long as possible.

Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to improve a wide range of conditions associated with different systems of the body:

  • Neurological (brain or spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis .Parkinson’s disease
  • Neuromusculoskeletal (back pain, whiplash, ligament injuries, arthritis)
  • Cardiovascular (stroke, chronic heart disease)
  • Respiratory (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis.)

You may therefore benefit from physiotherapy at any time, for example, to help with back pain or a recent injury such as whiplash or a ligament injury, or to help manage a long term condition such as asthma.

Services we provide:

Fast physio

Fast Physio is an award winning service for employees of ELHT to access physiotherapy to keep them in work or assist them to return to work earlier after injury or illness to reduce sickness and absence levels. 

Musculoskeletal outpatient physiotherapy

The MSK Outpatient Physiotherapy Service is an integral part of the Pennine-Lancashire Integrated Musculoskeletal Service (PLIMS), and is a patient centred service, offering specialist Physiotherapy assessment and treatment for patients with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.

We were the 'Spinal Clinic' service winner in the service improvement category in the North West Region NHS and Social Care Awards.

Services provided

Specialist Physiotherapy assessment, diagnosis, advice and treatment on an outpatient basis for patients with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, which includes: ‘Spinal Drop in’ clinics providing screening, early advice and targeted approach to the management of low back pain with access to diagnostics as required.

We also offer expert & specialist advice to General Practitioners (GPs), Consultants, other Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), nursing staff and other relevant Health Care professionals. We can also offer Medico-legal report writing, student placements and research opportunities.

Additional information for patients
We currently offer our service at numerous sites across the region and core opening hours are 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday. The General Physiotherapy department at Burnley General Hospital covers opening hours from 8am to 7:30pm.

 

Integrated inpatient team physiotherapy

The Inpatient Physiotherapy Team provide physiotherapy assessment and treatment for patients on the in-patient medical, surgical and orthopaedic wards. We provide initial assessment and physiotherapy treatments working closely with our multidisciplinary colleagues in the in-patient setting to facilitate discharge and reduce length of stay.

Treatment options will vary according to your individual problems and will be fully discussed with you and goals agreed between the patient and the therapist. Treatment may include  exercises, advice, rehabilitation and assistance with mobility.  

We cater for all inpatient wards at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital. We can be contacted by telephone on 01254 735091 and offer our service between 8am and 4:30pm Monday to Fridays. There is a limited weekend service to assist with flow and the discharge of patients on the wards and a Respiratory on-call service which operates in the evenings and at weekends.

Pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological physiotherapy

The services is a Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapy Service including assessment and treatment of female and male continence problems pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic pain and obstetric musculoskeletal conditions.

We provide assessments and treatment options for the management of both male and female bladder/bowel problems.

The service is provided at the following locations;

  • Burnley General Teaching Hospital
  • Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital
  • Accrington Health Centre
  • Rawtenstall Health Centre
  • Clitheroe Health Centre
  • Pendle Community Hospital
Key Staff

Helen Harrison - Paediatric and Women's Health Manager

Mary Hill - Clinical Specialist and Team Leader

Sally Hooper - Clinical Specialist

Contact Details

Email: POG.Physiotherapy@elht.nhs.uk

Phone: 01282 803587

Paediatric physiotherapy

The service covers the East Lancashire area including the Blackburn with Darwen. We offer care from pre-term to school leaving age at 19 years of age.

Our specialties across the service include:

  • Schools including Special Needs schools
  • Child Developments Centres across ELHT and BWD
  • Acute Ward
  • Rheumatology – In-patients and Out-patients
  • Cystic Fibrosis service – Covering both In-patients and Out-patients
  • Out-patients – Neurology and Musculoskeletal
  • N.I.C.U.
  • Community
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Mobility Clinic
  • Tone (Spasticity) Management Clinics with Consultant Paediatrician and Neurologist
Key staff

Helen Harrison – Community Therapy Manager

Claire Hughes – Paediatric Physiotherapy Team Leader 

Nikki Gannon – Clinical Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist

Opening times

The physiotherapy service operates within core hours of 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday with a respiratory emergency on call service operating overnight and weekends on medical request only by bleep or contact by switchboard.

Additional weekend sessions operating currently from 8am to 12noon and 1pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday to assist patient flow and facilitate discharge for surgical medical and orthopaedic inpatients on the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital site.

There is currently an extended physiotherapy service operating from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and across the weekend in the Urgent Care Centre at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital.