Rheumatology Therapy Team


There are four Rheumatology Rehabilitation beds on Sheldon Ward.


If you are admitted for rehabilitation, you would receive an initial assessment by a Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist to identify your therapy goals and formulate a treatment plan and timetable for your week of rehabilitation. This could include:


  • Mobility assessment
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Wax Therapy
  • Gym sessions / exercises
  • OT Functional Assessment
  • Splinting
  • Provision of equipment
  • Advice/education/self-management plan for following discharge.


During the day, we suggest you bring suitable clothing for undertaking rehabilitation such as loose trousers, swimwear and non-slip footwear (i.e. trainers).  Inpatients can use hospital towels following hydrotherapy or bring your own towel if you prefer.


The hydrotherapy facilities include individual changing rooms and showers, hairdryers and a swimwear dryer.


We accept referrals from Consultants and GPs. Your first appointment will take about 40 minutes. The Physiotherapist will ask questions about your problem and how it affects your mobility, work and lifestyle.


The Physiotherapist will discuss treatment options and give you advice on the management of your problem.


The RJAH has excellent facilities including individual treatment rooms, spacious gymnasium with up to date equipment and a large hydrotherapy pool. 

Treatment could include:

  • Exercise programme
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pain management strategies
  • Advice and education
  • Manual therapy
  • Gait training
  • Wax treatment


Contact - Mike Delahay, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Rheumatology, on 01691 404234