Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists assess and treat clients of all ages who are experiencing difficulty in doing activities of daily living as a result of an illness, an accident, a developmental problem or the aging process. Both physical and cognitive abilities are addressed focusing on maximum functional return for every client. Assistive devices may also be prescribed by the Occupational Therapist to achieve individual client goals. Occupational Therapists frequently work in conjunction with other members of the health care team. 

 Occupational Therapists:

  •  may help people to learn new ways of doing activities; 
  •  may adapt equipment people need to take part in self care, leisure or work occupations; 
  •  provide suggestions for adapting the environment to make things easier for a person living with a disability
  •  may specialize in the assessment and treatment of upper extremity disorders

 Woodstock General Hospital offers both inpatient therapy  and outpatient therapy  services.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Question: How do I access this service?

Answer. A written referral from a physician is required. Your physician's office may make the appointment for you. If your physician does not make the appointment for you, and you have a written referral, you can set up an appointment yourself by phoning the Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy office at 519-421-4206, or you may bring your referral form to the Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy office. Remember to bring the written referral from your physician and your health card with you on your first appointment.

Question: Where do I register for my first appointment?  Follow-up visits?  

Answer. Enter the hospital from the Athlone Entrance and register at the Athlone registration desk. 

Question: Where is the Occupational Therapy Department? 

Answer. On the Main Level in Outpatient Therapy, M500.

Question: Who provides the service? 

Answer. It is staffed by an Occupational Therapist registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. The Occupational Therapist also is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) certified by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (www.htcc.org). 

Question: What services does the department provide? 

Answer. This Occupational Therapy service specializes in the assessment and treatment of upper extremity disorders, including post-surgical conditions. Customized upper extremity splints, both passive and dynamic, can be fabricated upon a referral from a health professional. There is a fee for splints. The Occupational Therapist also works in conjunction with Physiotherapy, providing treatment for neurological disorders, such as Stroke.

Question: What are the hours of operation?  

Answer. Monday through to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Occupational Therapy