A Phase 111 cardiac rehabilitation exercise and education programme is provided for Cardiac patients (Post MI, Cardiac surgery, angioplasty / stents) in Naas General Hospital. A senior physiotherapist works with the MDT team delivering the exercise component and education on exercise for healthy hearts.
This service is for patients who are over 65 years of age and referred by their GP or hospital consultant. All new patients referred to the day hospital are assessed by the physiotherapist. Reasons for referral include falls and balance problems, gait disorders, musculoskeletal dysfunction, neurology disorders and general mobility decline. A holistic and multi-disciplinary team approach is taken to the management of patients referred under the guidance of a consultant geriatrician. Patients with chronic neurological diagnosis are also reviewed on a rolling basis as recommended by the team. This team approach aims to minimise hospital admission and support the older person living in the community for as long as possible.
Emergency Department (ED)
Physiotherapist attends ED twice weekly for two hours to assess and provide education and advice for musculo-skeletal complaints (joint and muscular injuries). Follow up appointments are offered via an opt in basis.
Frailty Intervention Team in the Emergency Department
The Frailty Intervention Team is a Multidisciplinary Team with a Senior Physiotherapist, a Senior Occupational Therapist and a Nursing representative working as part of the wider Emergency Department team in Naas General Hospital.
The Frailty Intervention Team assess and treat patients over the age of 70 who attend the Emergency Department. They carry out a holistic common assessment to gather information regarding the older person’s functional ability, social circumstances, home environment, cognitive skills, nutrition and communication. This information identifies appropriate onward referrals (to inpatient / outpatient / community services).
The key aim of the Frailty Intervention Team is to improve quality and efficiency of care for the Older Person within the Emergency Department. They aim to improve clinical outcomes, facilitate and increase discharges to home or convalescence, coordinate early intervention, decrease the patient length of hospital stay and minimise future presentations to the Emergency Department for our over 70’s population.
The team also acts as a link to appropriate Primary Care and Out Patient Department Services (i.e. GP, Day Hospital, Convalescence, Public Health Nurses and Integrated Clinical Case Manager) by liaising directly with the PCCC, Integrated Care Team and their hospital colleagues providing handovers and completing referrals for all appropriate patients.
The Frailty Intervention Team Senior Physiotherapist will then go on to assess, treat and provide any necessary advice, exercise programmes or mobility aids to facilitate timely discharge for patients.
The Musculoskeletal clinic is part of the Orthopaedic and Rheumatology service in Naas General Hospital. When your GP has referred you to a Rheumatologist or Orthopaedic Surgeon, you may be assessed by a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist who works alongside the Consultants. The Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist has extensive knowledge and training in orthopaedics, rheumatology and the management of musculoskeletal conditions.
At the Musculoskeletal clinic you will have a comprehensive assessment of your condition. Some people require further tests which are arranged at this clinic and you will be given a diagnosis. Some patients are referred for assessment and treatment with the Orthopaedic and Rheumatology Consultants if it is required. You may also be referred for physiotherapy treatment and given information about how to manage your condition.
If you have had tests or scans ordered through this clinic it is your responsibility to contact the hospital in order to arrange a return appointment to receive the results.
For the Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Clinic Phone: 045 849548
For the Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Clinic Phone: 045 849555
OPD Physio Dept Musculoskeletal: Assessment, education and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders, referred from GP or public Orthopaedic Consultant, for individual treatment sessions or in a group (e.g. Exercise classes).The Physiotherapy OPD is located in the old hospital.
Orthopaedic Clinics: Assessment, advice and exercises provided to patients at clinic following a fracture (broken bone) or other trauma. Patients can be reviewed at the relevant consultant’s weekly clinic or referred to other physiotherapy services when necessary.
Rheumatology: Naas General Hospital provides a physiotherapy service for anyone diagnosed with an inflammatory arthritis or non-inflammatory rheumatological condition. A senior physiotherapist forms part of the rheumatology multi-disciplinary team that coordinates a comprehensive package of care to promote health and function. Their focus is on the prevention, treatment and management of disease and disability. Following a thorough assessment, individualised treatment plans are implemented which combine education, manual therapy, home exercise programmes, advice and support, as required. Patients of NGH rheumatology team also have access to aquatic physiotherapy in Tallaght University Hospital.
Pain Clinic: This service offers patients a Multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach to the assessment and management of chronic musculoskeletal and rheumatology conditions.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Patients with chronic lung disease attend a multidisciplinary exercise and education program aimed at improving their quality of life, exercise tolerance and lung function. Patients attend for 16 sessions over an 8 week period. The class runs on a Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 – 3:00 in the physiotherapy department. It is jointly delivered with the respiratory nursing department.
Respiratory Outpatients: This service is for patients with a diagnosed chronic lung disease, attending a respiratory consultant. Patients are seen for advice on self-management, airway clearance strategies and exercise prescription.
Women’s Health: Assessment and treatment of women for conditions in pregnancy and beyond. The Physiotherapy department assess and treat:
- Antenatal and Postnatal musculoskeletal dysfunctions ( low back pain, pelvic pain, carpal tunnel)
- Gynaecology conditions pre and post operative
- Continence and pelvic floor issues
- Breast Surgery
This service also assesses and treats Paediatric musculoskeletal conditions in the newborn and the under 4 years i.e. Positional talipes, Hip Dysplasia, Torticollis and Plagiocephaly.