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Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Team

 

The Pelvic Health Physiotherapy team (formerly the women and men’s health physiotherapy team) assess and treat adults and children with bladder and bowel symptoms, as well as those with prolapse symptoms.

The team cares for women and birthing people 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.

Our Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Team in January 2024. Five members of staff are pictured in the reception area of our Therapies department. Two are seated in colourful comfy chairs - one blue, one purple - while three others stand between or to one side of the chairs. Four of the team wear white Therapies tops/ tunics with the James Paget hospital logo on, while the fifth wears a blue tunic.

Where we are

Location: Physiotherapy Department, Therapies entrance

Telephone: 01493 452378

 

What we do

Pelvic Health

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.

Maternal health

Antenatal Care:

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.

For further self-help information please visit https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/pregnancy-early-days/having-a-baby/pelvic-health-during-pregnancy/

Postnatal Care:

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

For further self-help information please visit https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/pregnancy-early-days/new-baby/pelvic-health-after-pregnancy/

 

More information

Please click on the logos below for links to more resources.

POGP Logo - a pale greenish tear-shaped design with the initials POGP and the words Pelvic Obstetric Gynaecological Physiotherapy on. Behind the green shape are several red and blue shaded 'petals'.

Please click on the above for Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological booklets that available to view and download for free.

 

Just One Norfolk logo, which says Children & Young People's Health Services.

Please click on the above for information on Pelvic Health during pregnancy.

 

Just One Norfolk - white writing on a green background

Please click on the above for information on Pelvic Health after pregnancy.