Find out what to expect when you come to hospital for your hand therapy appointment.

Before your appointment

Upon receiving your referral, we will attempt to contact you by telephone to offer you an appointment. If we are unable to contact you after three attempts, we will send an appointment by post. Please ensure we have your up-to-date contact details.

You are welcome to bring a relative, close friend or carer with you to your appointment. You are also welcome to ask for a chaperone and we will endeavour to provide one for you.

Please remember to check your appointment letter for anything specific you have been asked to take with you. In addition, it would be helpful if you could bring the following:

  • Loose fitted clothing
  • Your full address and telephone number(s)
  • Your appointment card and appointment letter
  • Your GP’s name and address
  • A list of questions you may want to ask your therapist
  • Any instructions, medications or splints provided at previous appointments

During your appointment

Please note that we are a teaching hospital, so students may be present for some appointments. If you do not wish to have them in the room please let the therapist know and the students will be asked to step outside.

Your first hand therapy appointment will last 30 to 60 minutes. One of our hand therapists will ask you about your symptoms and carry out a comprehensive assessment of your problems. He or she will jointly design and agree a treatment plan with you. A further appointment will then be arranged if it is needed.

Our assessments may include the measuring of swelling, mobility and strength, or specialist tests of sensation or coordination. We will set treatment goals with you and formulate a treatment plan.

After your appointment

The number of hand therapy treatment sessions and type of treatment varies between patients (for example, treatments could include a series of exercises, stretches or manual therapy). You can expect to see the same therapist each time. Most patients will be given an exercise programme that we suggest they follow at home.

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