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The Physiotherapy Department provides both an inpatient and outpatient service to patients referred by their consultant teams. Services are divided into a number of areas of specialisation each headed by a senior physiotherapist.

Physiotherapy is part of the SCOPe Directorate.

  • The department is divided into more than ten areas of specialisation, each headed by a senior physiotherapist. These include but are not limited to;

    • Cardiorespiratory
    • Orthopaedics
    • Rheumatology
    • Care of the elderly
    • Neurology
    • Women’s health
    • Breast care and lymphoedema
    • Burns and plastic surgery
    • Sickle cell anaemia.
    • Please make sure to check in at reception for all your appointments.
    • Please attend on time as patients are seen on a timetabled basis. If you are late, we may not be able to see you, as this can cause delays for patients who have appointments after you.
    • Your physiotherapy appointment will generally be 30-40 minutes
    • The physiotherapist may carry out a physical examination, so wear suitable underwear. It can be helpful to bring shorts or loose clothing.
    • Please bring a list with you of any medicines you may be taking.

    Please note our cancellation / non-attendance policy

    • If you fail to attend your first appointment, you will be automatically discharged.
    • If you cancel an appointment or fail to attend for your appointment during your treatment you must contact us for a new appointment within two weeks or you will be discharged.
    • If you are discharged from physiotherapy, another referral will be required if you need further physiotherapy.
    • Cancellation of three consecutive appointments will lead to discharge from our service.
  • Patients require a doctor's referral from a consultant team within the hospital to see a physiotherapist in the hospital. Referrals are clinically prioritised as either urgent or routine based on the information provided in the referral.

  • The Physiotherapy Department has strong links with Trinity College Dublin with our staff supervising undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students on practice placements and delivering lectures on the undergraduate academic programme in the Trinity School of Physiotherapy. There are three on-site Trinity practice tutors within the department.

    Physiotherapy Open Day
    Transition year, fifth and sixth-year secondary school students are invited to attend our annual Physiotherapy Open Day.

    Keep an eye on the hospital’s Facebook page for details of our next open day or email eliston@stjames.ie, jabrowne@stjames.ie or mdavenport@stjames.ie for more information.

    Transition Year Work Experience
    Unfortunately the Physiotherapy Department at St James’s Hospital is not in a position to offer any transition year work placements at present. It is recommended that those interested in a career in physiotherapy also visit the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists website.

    The following links also provide useful information about what a career in physiotherapy entails - watch our Physiotherapists Emer O'Shea and Sarah Moore talk about their work in the hospital.

    Introduction to the Undergraduate Degree in Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin

    A typical day for a physiotherapist in St James’s Hospital

  • We value your feedback

    Every year in physiotherapy we see 20,000 new patients and provide 100,000 treatments. We value all patient feedback and other service users feedback greatly.

    If you have attended the Physiotherapy Department as an outpatient and wish to give us feedback on your experience, please email physioreception@stjames.ie for feedback form. 

  • Please find below some of our Emergency Department physiotherapy patient information leaflets;

    Managing acute knee injuries 

    Managing acute ankle injuries

    Managing acute back pain

    Managing acute neck pain

Contact Details

Monday to Friday, 8am to 4.45pm

How to find us

Ground floor, Hospital 4

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