Community Rehabilitation Service
The Blackburn with Darwen and Central Lancashire Community Rehabilitation and Rapid Assessment Teams work within the community to support patients that have identified deterioration in their ability to manage at home as a result of a change in their health.
The service can provide an immediate response in order to reduce avoidable hospital admissions or can initiate and implement rehabilitation programmes to enable patients to remain independent within their own home. The primary aim of the service is to support patients with physical health problems such as falls, orthopedic conditions, chest/urine infections, cardiac problems and palliative conditions.
The Rapid Assessment Service operates 365 days a year from 8am until 8pm (the service only provides a rehabilitation response 8am-6pm) and works with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and East Lancashire Hospital Trust to facilitate discharges back into the community.
The service consists of the following staff:
- Occupational Therapists
- Nurses (Blackburn only)
- Rehabilitation Assistants
These all work together to support patients in the community and work closely with social services, GPs, Community Nursing teams and patients relatives and carers.
Southport & Formby
Southport & Formby Community Rehab teams including Neuro Rehab Team. We provide Therapy in peoples’ homes including Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational therapy.
We see frail, elderly and housebound people, people with neurological problems, communication and swallowing problems. Patients are seen in their own homes, Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Day Centres and Care homes.
We work as a multidisciplinary Team to provide quality care and support for patients, families and Carers.
We assess and treat people in their own homes according to their individual needs. We provide rehabilitation aiming for the best possible outcome.
The Intermediate Care Team in Central Lancashire provide interventions for people with ill health who have lost confidence and ability with their activities of daily living, wish to remain at home and require some rehabilitation and therapy interventions to regain their skills, and achieve their goals and maximum potential.
Rehabilitation can take place in a residential setting for a few weeks enabling people who are not yet safe to return straight home from hospital, to step down from a hospital bed into a community bed for rehabilitation. They must have the potential to improve following assessment and treatment by the rehabilitation team. This service also includes the Intermediate Dementia Care Service.
The Rehabilitation services work in partnership with Social services, Lancashire County Council and Private Agencies (Spire) to provide the care. Rehabilitation is a free service.
Falls Prevention Service - provides a specialist service for adults who have fallen or who are at risk of falling. Patients are visited in their own home and a multifactorial assessment, to check for environmental and other contributing falls risks, is completed. We will discuss options for reducing risks of falls and agree a care plan for any on-going treatment or equipment.
Community Physiotherapy – Referrals accepted from Health professionals only. Team see clients who are not able to attend a clinic or outpatient setting for Physiotherapy input. Physiotherapy is provided in the home situation, sometimes as part of a reablement package. If someone feels they have Physiotherapy needs they should discuss with their GP so that they can refer to the most suitable service. This service also supports with mobility assessments/provision of walking equipment and home exercise programmes.
How to access this service
Blackburn with Darwen and Central Lancashire
Each service has one point of access. The service has a referral form but will accept letter and telephone referrals using the details below. The service has a designated Clinician available each day to discuss referrals. All referrals are screened and allocated for an assessment on an individual basis and according to need, the service has the ability to see patients within two hours of a referral. The service has an open referral access and patients and relatives can also make referrals into the service.
Southport & Formby
Referrals are accepted from a range of Health Professionals, Social Services, voluntary agencies and self-referral, by fax, letter and Email.
A standardised referral form is available for completion.
Where the service is provided
The teams are based at the addresses below, but see patients in:
- Patient's own home, including supported housing and sheltered accommodation
- Temporary Accommodation
- Residential and Nursing Care Homes
- Royal Blackburn Hospital (East Lancashire Hospitals Trust)
- Lancashire Teaching Hospitals
How to contact us
Blackburn with Darwen
Tel: 01254 283455
Mobile: 07852466872 (available 365 days a year 8am - 8pm)
Fax: 01254 283717
Wing 1, Leyland House
Lancashire Enterprise Business Park
Tel: 01772 643106
Fax: 01772 644739
All referrals via MAP on 01772 777999 or Refernet
Southport & Formby
Community Rehabilitation Services
91 Zetland Street Southport
Telephone: 01704 387215
Fax: 01704 387670