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REACH service

Rehabilitation at the EvelinA London CHildren’s Hospital 

Boy with a REACH member of staff playing a game as part of an assessment

The REACH service at Evelina London Children’s Hospital is a rehabilitation service for children with hemiplegia (movement difficulties on one side of the body).

What we offer

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

  2. Intensive best research-evidenced arm/hand rehabilitation programmes with the aim of improving how a child uses their hands in their daily life. These are typically six week programmes (weekly hospital appointments, weekly local therapy appointments, and the remaining sessions are delivered by parents/carers/young people themselves at home). We also offer three week programmes for older children or young people who are able to take longer sessions. The programme delivers coaching and support for family members throughout, to support them in delivering the therapy

  3. For children or young people who are not participating in the intensive programme, we can when indicated, offer two or three guided intervention services.

  4. We also offer early assessment and intervention guidance for infants who have been diagnosed with a brain injury around the time of birth or infancy that places them at risk of movement difficulties.

Local therapists are welcome to attend consultation and advice sessions. Their participation is key to offering this programme.

Watch a film about our REACH service

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

Contact us

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

Ben Siegle
advanced therapy assistant 
Tel: 07717 680 883

Dereena Minehane
occupational therapist
Tel: 07775 540 213. 

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