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Medical and Therapy Support

We have an on-site clinic for our own specialist doctors and with visiting GP cover from Chelford Surgery. This ensures all urgent and non-urgent needs can be dealt with quickly and efficiently. Our nursing team support the GP service, offering 24 hour cover and support and advice to the residential teams.

GP Services

  • Treatment of chronic common illnesses and other acute disorders
  • Referrals to secondary care
  • Annual Physical Examinations
  • Long-term condition reviews
  • Vaccinations
  • National screening management

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Nursing services at David Lewis

A minor injury clinic helps to prevent visits to hospital A&E departments. It is also important that we work closely with our local hospitals to ensure people receive the best possible care, from admission to discharge, should there be a need to be referred or admitted. Our one page Patient Passports support this process and each resident has one which travels with them if they need hospital treatment, making sure important information is passed on efficiently.

Our services go far beyond what you would expect. Our multi-disciplinary team meets regularly to discuss, review and evaluate each person’s progress with health matters, skill development and behaviour. Our on-site consultants offer expert advice, assessment and diagnosis of people’s on-going health matters. Residents can access specialist:

  • Neurologists
  • Registered Mental Health Nurses, Registered General Nurses and Registered Learning Disability Nurses
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Neuropsychiatrists
  • Speech and Language therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Opticians
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Visiting Dentists
  • Chiropodists
  • EEG facilities

Speech, Language and Communication Therapy

David Lewis has a well-established team of Speech and Language Therapists and Assistants who provide communication and dysphagia services for the service users at David Lewis. We work within a multi-disciplinary team to provide intervention alongside other medical or therapeutic advice and support.

We promote communication for everyone, supported by a Total Communication environment which is maintained by the residential support teams who receive training and support from us. All people need means, reasons and opportunities to communicate, without these they are at risk of becoming socially isolated which can lead to unhappiness and frustration. We recognise how important it is for our service users to be supported to communicate using the method which is most functional and effective for them, whether that’s speech, Makaton sign, gesture, body language, or use of a low- or high-tech communication aid.

We also provide assessment and advice for service users who have difficulties eating and drinking. This is to improve their swallow safety and reduce risk.

Psychology and Behaviour Support Services Team (PABSS)

Clinical psychologists, behaviour management advisors and psychiatric/learning disability nurses work as part of our multidisciplinary team. They undertake specialist assessments and advise on the management of a wide range of behavioural issues.

Our PABSS team works with the resident to establish the root of the problem. The team develops a detailed plan to support the person in managing their behaviour. The staff team will receive a copy of the plan and help to support the person by following the suggested strategies. The team can offer general support and advice, whilst providing help to people with a range of emotional issues.

Transitions are a key time for any of our residents and the PABSS team support the admission or discharge process and work with people on a 1:1 or group basis.

Physiotherapy, Hydrotherapy and Occupational Therapy Team

The David Lewis Centre has a well-equipped modern physiotherapy department which includes a hydrotherapy pool and a gymnasium.

Paediatric and adult care is given by an experienced team, providing a wide range of treatments aimed at improving the quality of life for our residents.

What we do

  • Assessments of service users
  • Individual and group treatment
  • Design and delivery of programs to maintain and improve mobility
  • Provision and maintenance of manual handling equipment
  • NHS Orthotic Clinic (provision and maintenance of supportive equipment e.g. splints, helmets)
  • NHS Wheelchair Clinic (assessment and provision of wheelchairs including special wheelchairs)
  • Provision of training, guidance and support to staff when required ( e.g. for the use of specialised equipment)

Types of treatment

  • Exercise programs
  • Gym sessions
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Rebound
  • Walking re-education
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • Sessions using supportive equipment
  • Postural management

The occupational therapy team consists of qualified therapists and an occupational therapy technician. Their role is to assess to what impact the resident’s condition is preventing them from participating in the activities that matter to them.  The strengths and difficulties experienced in residents’ everyday life will be identified and client-centered, achievable and realistic goals will be set to help maintain, regain or improve resident’s independence. Interventions/treatments will be implemented to achieve goals, including:

  • Providing equipment/aids/adaptations that make activities easier
  • Practising the activity in manageable stages
  • Teaching a different way to complete the activity
  • Creating sensory profiles

The occupational therapists then support the team of care staff and train them to deliver the daily programmes for residents who need their help. Plans are evaluated and reviewed regularly and updated with new goals when existing goals have been met.

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