Whanganui Hospital Occupational Therapy Services
Our occupational therapists and assistants work with people of all ages who are experiencing practical problems associated with living with physical and/or mental illness, injury or disability.
The WDHB's Occupational Therapy Service provides services to adult inpatients with arthritis, stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, as well as patients who have recently had orthopaedic or other surgical procedures. This also includes service delivery in the Emergency Department and Children's Ward, as required.
Community-based occupational therapists provide occupational performance assessments in client’s homes. Intervention can include teaching new ways to carry out daily living activities, housing alterations, adaptive equipment and education about living with a chronic illness. Clients are accepted to the service if they are over 18 years of age, have a disability lasting for a minimum of six months, or ACC acceptance for the first six weeks only. We assess seating with input from the wheelchair and seating clinician from the Enable NZ Outreach Service.
A referral to see an occupational therapist is required from another health professional involved in the person’s care e.g. doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, psychologist, social worker, speech-language therapist, etc.