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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Therapies and Treatment

Everyone who has had a stroke is entitled to a therapy assessment within 24 hours.

We use a range of therapies which all work together to help our patients to achieve their own personal goals. Joint assessments and therapy sessions are provided based on what works best for each individual.


Dieticians will receive a referral for any patients experiencing malnutrition for a variety of reasons e.g swallowing difficulties, fatigue, reduced awareness.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy assesses cognition (attention, speed of thinking and understanding, memory, problem-solving etc), perception and physical problems after a stroke that will affect the individual's activities during daily living.

This therapy focuses on making everday tasks, such as making a cup of tea or getting washed, possible following a stroke.

Rehabilitation is then provided either in hospital or at home depending on the patient's needs.


Physiotherapy assesses movement, strength, balance, co-ordination and vision following a stroke.

Physiotherapy can be completed in hospital or at home depending on the level of physical difficulties.

This therapy aims to improve mobility and quality of movement, with each patient's personal goals and previous level of independence in mind.

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) can help if you have communication problems or swallowing problems after a stroke. Our therapists work in our hospitals and the community to assess patient difficulties and offer rehabilitation.