"Excellent support with a smile"
About: Chesterfield Royal Hospital Chesterfield Royal Hospital Chesterfield S44 5BL
Posted by Vanessa
After breaking my wrists I was referred to Occupational Therapy. They hold a hand clinic 3 times a week where participants get a taylor made set of exercises which are frequently reviewed and updated. Depending on need then attendance can be for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions.
The staff there are very supportive and positive. They are open with explanations and are a real tonic when you are feeling down or frustrated with your progress.
They have a rather forbidding looking machine called the BTE (I never have worked out what it stands for - although I had a couple of ideas of my own!). Using this "exercise" machine alongside other exercises really promotes progress and recovery. It looks like a torture machine but really is not - it gently exercises and strengthens and with the pleasant company supervising it becomes quite a relaxing experience.
As your recovery progresses there is usually the opportunity to start the "Heavy Workshop" where hand tools are used to do woodwork. Starting with a natty birdbox, if longer attendance is required then a garden planter or decorative shelves can be made. The heavy workshop adds a very satisfying and diverting dimension to occupational therapy exercises.
My progress would not have been the same without this amazing team.