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What we do

We help restore movement and function to as near normal as possible when someone is affected by injury, illness or by developmental or other disability.

Physiotherapists work in a wide variety of health settings and treat people with acute (after surgery, injury) and chronic (long term problems) conditions that may affect one or more of the body’s systems. They also work in specialist areas.

Services for conditions affecting the body’s systems

Musculoskeletal physiotherapists treat a variety of conditions that affect the muscles, joints, bones, nerves, ligaments and soft tissues.

Some of the conditions for which physiotherapy has proved to be beneficial include:

  • neck and back pain
  • sports injuries
  • lower limb injuries including groin, hip, knee, ankle and foot
  • upper limb injuries including shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand
  • joint problems
  • post-operative rehabilitation
  • occupational work disorders

Physiotherapists use a number of different techniques to help improve function and wellbeing following injury, pain or disability. They have an extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology and are trained to evaluate and improve the movement and function of the body. Patients are assessed on an individual basis and may be referred on to group sessions as appropriate:

  • Group sessions
  • Back reconditioning class
  • Functional restoration programme
  • Lower limb classes


Patients are generally seen in the outpatient department that is closest to their home but they may need to be seen at other sites to prevent extensive waiting times.


Brighton General Hospital: 01273 665111 extn 5111
Royal Sussex County Hospital: 01273 523050 or 01273 696955 extn 4108/3050
Hove Polyclinic: 01273 242118
Princess Royal Hospital: 01444 448664 or 01444 441881 extn 8664


We receive referrals from GPs within the East and West Sussex area and from BSUH consultants working in all specialities.

All referrals from GPs and consultants are prioritised by experienced clinicians into urgent or waiting list according to established guidelines.

Cardiorespiratory physiotherapists assist patients with cardiovascular and respiratory problems. These difficulties may be as a result of long standing disease e.g. asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), surgery or a condition requiring a stay in intensive care.

The cardiorespiratory team provides care 24/7 to a wide range of inpatients across many specialties.


The team provides treatment and advice in the field of respiratory care and also to patients with acute mobility problems.  Patients that may benefit from input include:

  • High risk upper abdominal surgery patients (>75 years, COPD or chronic respiratory disease, ↑ BMI, general weakness), Cardiac patients, and post operative gynaecological surgery
  • Patients in respiratory distress i.e. unable to clear their secretions, ↑ WOB, lung collapse
  • Patients with reduced mobility i.e. recent discharge from ITU (RSCH or other), general malaise and weakness, elderly patients
  • Amputee patients
  • HDU and ITU patients


This service also provides treatment to outpatients in the areas of:

Pulmonary rehabilitation

This 6 week course of exercise and education promotes health and well being for people with long term breathing problems

Cardiac rehabilitation

Rehabilitation patients are assessed in the physiotherapy department and offered a 6 week course of structured comprehensive exercise and education known as ‘Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation”.  This includes supervised exercise sessions and health education run by the whole cardiac rehabilitation team (physiotherapists and cardiac rehabilitation nurses).


Sputum clearance techniques, including postural drainage, for patients with long term breathing difficulties.

We support elective and trauma patients admitted under an orthopaedic consultant.

The trauma service covers both sites, as patients move from the acute post-operative phase to the early rehabilitation phase of their hospital stay.

Elective patients are seen mainly at the PRH site, but day cases are seen at the RSCH site.

Specialist services

The paediatric physiotherapy service covers the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and outpatients at Princess Royal Hospital. We are based on level 5 at RACH and the physiotherapy gym at PRH.

Musculoskeletal outpatients

Types of patients seen: fractures, post operative, chronic back and knee pain, acute injuries, sports injuries, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypermobility, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Referrals are accepted from consultants, GPs and health visitors.

Under 5s orthopaedic clinic

Patients seen: Talipes, ponsetti, pavlik harness for development dysplasia of the hip and foot and knee problems affecting gait.


The team provides cover for respiratory, orthopaedics, neurological and development patients. We also run a service covering SCBU and patients on ward who require a neurodevelopment assessment.

Physiotherapists specialising in women’s health hold outpatient clinics at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, the Princess Royal Hospital and Hove Polyclinic.

Pelvic floor rehabilitation

Available for the following conditions:

  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Urgency and urge incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Perineal dysfunction following childbirth
  • Reduced pelvic floor tone and associated dyspareunia

Referrals for the Royal Sussex County service are accepted from midwives, GPs and consultants within the BN1, BN2 and BN3 areas. Most referrals will go to the hospital closest to their GP catchment area.


Patient assessment involves a digital vaginal examination to enable an individual, objective pelvic floor exercise regime to be prescribed. When appropriate, vaginal biofeedback, defecation dynamics and bladder training may be recommended.

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy

(Antenatal and postnatal) is available for the following conditions:

  • pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain
  • back pain, lumbar and thoracic
  • diastasis recti abdominus
  • carpal tunnel symptoms
  • rib flare

The amputee inpatient service provides specialist rehabilitation to patients undergoing limb loss.

Recovering mobility following amputation begins in the ward environment. Where appropriate, patients are referred on for further rehabilitation, in both inpatient and outpatient settings locally.

Some patients will progress to rehabilitation using a prosthetic limb. The assessment and provision of this service continues at the regional limb fitting centre based at the Brighton General Hospital.

Amputee rehabilitation is a multi disciplinary team approach. Support is available from a range of professionals throughout the rehabilitation process.

We are based at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

We treat patients across all specialties including inpatients when required, following full assessment and screening by a physiotherapist.

As well as one-to-one sessions we run group sessions in orthopaedic rehabilitation, osteoporosis management, and Parkinson’s disease

Referrals are accepted from both GPs and consultants within the BSUH area. We accept out of area referrals on agreement with the relevant commissioners.



  • Royal Sussex County Hospital (Latilla building): 01273 523050
  • Princess Royal Hospital: 01444 441881 extn 8264
  • Sussex Rehabilitation Centre at PRH: 01444 441881 extn 6822
  • Brighton General Hospital: 01273 665111
  • Falls Prevention Service: 01273 265574
  • Hove Polyclinic: 01273 242118
  • Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital: 01273 328145 extn 3153
  • Sussex Orthopaedic Treatment Centre: 01444 441881 extn 8834
  • Sussex Rehabilitation Centre at Brighton General: 01273 696011 extn 3807

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