Inpatient services

Inpatient physiotherapy is provided 7 days a week, extended cover for Emergency Department until 5.30pm and overnight on calls.

Ward physiotherapists can be contacted via each ward’s telephone number.

Community hospitals

Ward Physiotherapists deliver physiotherapy assessment, treatment and advice to patients on the ward. They also liaise with and advise carers and the ward multi-disciplinary team.

The service aims to enable patients to regain, maintain or improve their independence, or learn to adapt to sudden or progressive disability. They will also refer on to the appropriate service as necessary on discharge from the hospital, or arrange specialist physiotherapy assessment where appropriate.

Community hospitals with ward physiotherapy:

  • Brixham
  • Dawlish
  • Newton Abbot
  • Totnes

Torbay Hospital Trauma and Orthopaedic Team

The service covers:

  • Inpatient elective orthopaedic surgery such as joint replacements and ligament reconstruction
  • A trauma ward where a number of conditions are seen such as fractures and joint pathologies
  • Orthopaedic day surgery
  • Fracture/orthopaedic clinics
  • Paediatric trauma/orthopaedics
  • Rehabilitation and education groups for patients, pre and post discharge.

Torbay Hospital Inpatient Physiotherapy Team

The team provides input to patients on the medical (e.g. Care of the elderly, Cardio, Respiratory, Oncology) and general surgical wards as well as ICU, Paediatrics and Accident and Emergency.

Physiotherapy in an inpatient setting involves:

  • assessment
  • exercises to build strength, stamina and stability
  • stroke rehabilitation
  • respiratory physiotherapy – including airways clearance
  • oxygen therapy and positioning
  • post-operative advice
  • equipment provision
  • education and referral on to other services.

Physiotherapists work closely within a multi-disciplinary team to plan safe discharges and ensure an appropriate level of support and equipment is available for people on discharge home.

Services available for patients to be referred on to include:

  • Intermediate care
  • Community Physiotherapy
  • Musculoskeletal outpatients
  • Rheumatology
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Early Supported Discharge for stoke patients
  • Community Neuro Rehabilitation
  • Fitness instructor
  • Post ICU exercise class
  • Pulmonary rehab
  • Cardiac rehab

George Earle, Inpatient Stroke and Neuro Acute ward

George Earle is the acute Stroke and Neuro ward at Torbay Hospital. We have 28 beds available for patients with a variety of neurological conditions including Stroke, Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), and spinal cord injuries. We provide detailed assessments of all our patients on the ward and work closely with the multi-disciplinary team to plan safe discharges or onward referrals to appropriate rehabilitation locations, including, but not limited to, our Stroke and Neuro Rehab at Newton Abbot Hospital (Templar Ward) and the Community Neuro Rehab Team.

Templar Ward Inpatient Stroke and Neuro Rehabilitation

Newton Abbot Stroke and Neuro Unit (Templar ward) has 30 beds, of which 15 are stroke beds and 5 are neuro beds (the combination varies on demand). The ward provides rehabilitation as part of a pathway for people with stroke / neuro conditions across South Devon. The unit accepts patients over the age of 16 who are medically stable, and provides inpatient care prior to supported discharge into the community.