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REACH service

Rehabilitation at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital 

Dusty being cared for by Evelina London's REACH service

The REACH service at Evelina London is an outpatient rehabilitation service for children. We offer:

a) early intervention programme for babies/infants (birth to 12 months) with, or at high risk of, cerebral palsy

and

b) upper limb (arm and hand) focused intensive rehabilitation programmes, for children with, or at risk of, hemiplegia (movement difficulties of one side of the body) (6 months – 16 years)

What we offer

  1. Specialist assessment, consultation and advice regarding what rehabilitation approaches may be appropriate for a child. This may be a single appointment.

  2. Early intervention programmes for babies and infants (birth to 12 months corrected age). These programmes include goal-orientated intensive motor training and parent education. These typically can involve up to 12 weeks of therapy over 22 weeks. Appointments are a combination of face-to-face and virtual (on screen) sessions

  3. Intensive, research-evidenced arm/hand rehabilitation programmes. The aim of these programmes is to improve how much and how well a child uses their hands in their daily life. These are typically six-week programmes. Appointments are a combination of some face-to-face sessions at the hospital and the rest are virtual (on screen). Usually you will have weekly appointments with the Evelina REACH team, weekly appointments with your local therapist, and the other sessions are delivered by the parents and young people themselves at home. The programme delivers education and support for family members throughout, to help them carry out the therapy.

Watch a film about our REACH service

We’ve made a short film, with the generous help of children and parents/care givers who have taken part in our therapy programmes, to introduce you to the work we do.

Local therapists are welcome to attend any of our appointments

Their participation is key to offering these programmes. We have made a short film for local therapists explaining more about working in partnership with us.

Contact us

If you would like more information, please email: 
evelinareach@gstt.nhs.uk

Tel: 07717 680 883

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