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Community rehabilitation and falls

Assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for people over 16

Coronavirus: community rehabilitation and falls update

Due to increased demand on the hospital due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are having to make significant changes to our services which may require cancellation of appointments.

Patients

We are attempting to contact all patients with a future scheduled appointment. In some cases we are changing appointments to a telephone consultation. Some appointments may be cancelled without a future date being arranged at this stage. If we cancel your appointment you will remain on our waiting list and we will contact you in due course. Some patients may be discharged back to their GP and we will write to you if this is the case.

If you have not heard from us within three days of your scheduled appointment please contact us. Our phone lines are very busy and there may be a wait for your call to be answered.

If you are a patient on our waiting list or an existing patient who has previously been seen in our service and need advice from the clinical team please see below for the appropriate option.

Contact us

  • For any queries regarding your appointment or the contact details we have for you
  • For any queries about the advice that you have been given
  • If you are no longer able to look after yourself and you don’t have anyone else to help you.
  • If you start to fall or have an increased frequency of falling.
  • If you have concerns about a change in your strength and balance

If you feel unwell or there is a medical change please call your GP or in an emergency call 111 or 999.

To contact us

Lambeth residents:

please email us on:
gst-tr.lambethcommunityrehabandfalls@nhs.net

or

please call us on 0203 049 4558.

Southwark residents:

please email us on gst-tr.southwarkcommunityrehabandfalls@nhs.net

or

please call us on 020 3049 8960.

We will try and respond to your query as soon as possible but please expect delays during this busy time.

Please visit our frequently asked questions page for answers to further queries you may have. If your query is not covered in the FAQs please either email or call us as detailed above.

GPs

We are doing everything we can to support GPs and your patients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If you need advice from our clinical team please contact us via the telephone number or email addresses.

Referrers

We would encourage you to contact our clinical team for advice and guidance before making a referral. We are vetting all referrals. We will be contacting urgent patients but we are not currently booking routine patients and so there may be a significant delay before seeing your patient. Please consider this before making any referral as our capacity to see new patients is very limited.

Please visit our frequently asked questions page for some commonly asked questions we are receiving for our patients.


About us

We provide assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for adults living in the community who have experienced falls, fractures, and a variety of conditions such as arthritis and joint replacements which have led to a change in function. We specialise in falls prevention and offer a variety of strength and balance exercise programmes across Lambeth and Southwark to address this.

Our job is to help people who have an illness, injury or disability affecting their:

  • personal care tasks, like washing and dressing
  • domestic tasks such as cooking, housework, shopping
  • transfers, for example getting on/off bed, chair or toilet
  • walking and mobility, for example use of walking aids, strength and balance training
  • leisure, education or work.

Our service

Our service consists of:

  • a team based at the Pulross Centre in Lambeth. They provide occupational therapy and physiotherapy to an intermediate care ward and housebound clients.
  • a team based at Tessa Jowell Health Centre in Southwark. They provide physiotherapy to housebound clients.
  • a team based at the Whittington Centre in Lambeth. They provide occupational therapy and physiotherapy to housebound clients.
  • a multi-disciplinary falls clinic based at the Whittington Centre. 
  • strength and balance classes for falls prevention at the Whittington Centre and at a variety of community venues in Lambeth and Southwark.

We also offer advice, support, health promotion and education to both patients and their care-givers. We work closely with social services and the voluntary sector.

SLIPS

We are proud of our falls service, Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care Pathway for Older People with Falls (SLIPS). Working in partnership with King's College Hospital and Southwark and Lambeth Councils, we provide evidence based rehabilitation and preventative strategies for those who have fallen or are at risk of falling.

Strength and balance classes for falls prevention

We run over 25 exercise classes in local community venues across Lambeth and Southwark to prevent falls.

Please watch our advert to find out more or call our strength and balance helpline on 020 3049 5424 if you're interested in coming to a class.

  • Strength and balance classes in Lambeth and Southwark – video transcript

    Voiceover: Free one hour strength and balance classes available now across Lambeth and Southwark.

    Patient: I'm very aware, getting older, that my muscles are not as strong.

    Voiceover: For residents who've had a fall or who are worried about falling.

    Patient: But I do want to try and keep my mobility as long as possible.

    Voiceover: Helps with daily activities, housework, shopping or gardening.

    Patient: I'm balancing better.

    Patient: I notice I go up the stairs two at a time.

    Voiceover: Research shows our proven exercises help you feel more steady when walking.

    Patient: They're sort of gentle and you can understand them and if you do them regularly it really does help.

    Patient: Yes I'm enjoying it.

    Voiceover: Attend our friendly classes and get to know other people living in your area.

    Patient: They all want to improve their mobility and so we're all here for the same purpose.

    Patient: I enjoy coming to the exercise class.

    Voiceover: Improves your strength balance and confidence

    Patient: I'm really, really in favour of them.

    Patient: I really feel the balance is, you know, I think I'm improving.

    Voiceover: Improve your health and wellbeing.

    Patient: It's been brilliant, really good.

    Voiceover: Join over 1000 people who are already benefiting, call our helpline on 020 3049 5424.

 
 

Coronavirus

Please visit the main Trust coronavirus (COVID-19) page for more information. 

Contacts

Lambeth community rehab and falls service
Tel: 020 3049 4558
Email: gst-tr.Lambeth
CommunityRehaband
Falls@nhs.net

Southwark community rehab and falls service
Tel: 020 3049 8960
Email: gst-tr.southwark
communityrehabandfalls
@nhs.net

Strength and balance helpline (Lambeth and Southwark) 
Tel: 020 3049 5424 
Email: gst-tr.strength
andbalancehelpline
@nhs.net