Inpatient therapy services

The Royal Free Private Patients Unit has its own dedicated inpatient therapy team which contains of a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a dietitian and therapy assistants. The team covers all three wards and is available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. We also offer a weekend inpatient physiotherapy service to enable all patients to continue with their treatment during this period of time.

During your inpatient stay, the therapy team will be involved within your care if clinically required and will complete a full physical and social assessment with you. Following this assessment a treatment plan and goals will be discussed with you and set jointly. The therapy team are part of the multi-disciplinary team and will be involved in all discharged planning. As part of this they will process any referrals required so that you can continue therapy at home if needed.


The physiotherapists primary role is to restore functional movement after an injury or disease using a flexible and holistic approach. They support patients with long term health concerns to help prevent further deterioration in physical ability. Physiotherapists also play a role in the promotion and maintenance of health.


Occupational therapy takes a whole person approach to both mental and physical health and wellbeing, enabling individuals to achieve their full potential. An occupational therapist will consider all your needs; physical, psychological, social and environmental, and will use all this information to help you find solutions to everyday problems.


Dietitians are experts in food and nutrition and they assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems. Dietitians provide individualised advice to people, taking into account medical, social and psychological factors, to achieve their goals.


Therapy assistants work within all areas of therapy and assist therapists in the rehabilitation of patients. They deliver therapy rehabilitation programs with patients/carers under the guidance of a registered therapist as well as being involved with assessments and discharged planning.


Speech and language therapist asses and treat speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages to help improve their communication. They also assess, treat and develop personalised plans to support people who have eating and swallowing problems.
Within the Private Patients Unit we are able to access speech and language therapy on a referral basis.