Pelvic and Maternal Health Physiotherapy Team
The Pelvic and Maternal Health team (formerly the women and men’s health physiotherapy team) assess and treat women, men and children with bladder and bowel symptoms, as well as women with prolapse symptoms. The team cares for women after birth who have delivered at the James Paget University Hospital. They also support women before and after major gynaecology surgery providing recovery advice and exercises and support them with a safe discharge out of hospital.
Where we are
Location: Physiotherapy Department, Therapies entrance
Telephone: 01493 452378
What we do
Predominantly the caseload which these physiotherapists see are outpatient based providing professional assessment, treatment and support to all of their patients with pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms. They also see inpatients typically to provide post-operative gynaecology rehabilitation and post-natal physiotherapy advice.
They see a variety of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Stress, urge or mixed urinary incontinence
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Faecal incontinence
- Pelvic pain related to pelvic floor dysfunctions
All of the Pelvic Health physiotherapists uphold a highly professional standard and all have specialist post-graduate training in vaginal and anorectal pelvic floor examinations. We aim to offer a sensitive and supportive service for our patients with sometimes very personal and difficult symptoms.
If you are experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction during your pregnancy, speak to your midwife, GP or consultant for a referral to the Pelvic Health Physio team. These symptoms could include incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.
If you require support for pelvic girdle pain or back pain during pregnancy, please contact the East Coast Community Healthcare Physiotherapy Service on 01493 809977 and state that you are currently pregnant and a clinic appointment will be arranged for you through their service.
The team work on the postnatal Ward 11, aiming to see mums after delivery for pelvic floor and abdominal exercise, and recovery advice.
The team recently undertook a survey with new mums who identified that over 50% would like to receive their postnatal recovery advice and exercises after birth via video.
From this we have devised the following videos to support you on your postnatal recovery journey from the comfort of your own home or whilst in hospital.
Please see below for:
After Birth Recovery: Top Tips for Early Days After Birth
After Birth Recovery: Pelvic Floor Exercises
After Birth Recovery: Abdominal Exercises and Diastasis
After Birth Recovery: Recovering after a C-Section delivery
After Birth Recovery: Looking after your back and returning to activity and exercise after birth
If you have had a baby within the last year and watched one or more of these videos, we would be very grateful of your time to complete this online survey to help us further shape and support women after birth; https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RSZF6LT