The HSE provide a number of services from the Gilbert Centre.
These services include:
• Speech and language therapy (SLT)
• Physiotherapy (PT)
• Occupational therapy (OT)
• Community Rehabilitation and Support Team (CRST)
Speech and language therapy (SLT)
The HSE Speech and Language service for North Cork is located in the Gilbert Centre. This provides and assessment and treatment service for adults with communication impairments and speech impairments.
A dysphagia (swallowing) assessment service is also available. Adults can be referred to this service by their own GP or their health professional. Individual programmes include rehabilitation techniques for swallowing difficulties and communication therapy programmes. Group programmes currently available include a social communication group which run three times a year in blocks of 5-6 weeks.
For more information on any of the above please contact 076 1084050
The HSE physiotherapy service in the Gilbert Centre provides a service to adults with physical and/or sensory disability. Services are provided on an individual or group basis e.g. MS exercise classes.
Individual programmes include one to one physiotherapy sessions and/or prescribed gym exercise programmes. The typical length of a programme is around 6 – 8 weeks.
To access the service, users should contact their local Public Health Nurse or GP who can then make the referral to the HSE physiotherapy service, based in Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre (MPHC). If the user is currently being seen by a HSE physiotherapist and lives in the North Cork area, they can also request to receive their treatment in the Gilbert Centre if it is deemed appropriate.
Services are currently provided in the Therapy gym every:
Monday 9.30am to 1.00pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
For further information please contact MPHC Physiotherapy on 022 – 58615
Occupational therapy provides programmes to increase independence in day to day activities such as showering, dressing, cooking etc. It also gives advice in relation to home adaptations and aids to enable more independent living
Community Rehabilitation and Support Team
The Community Rehabilitation and Support Team (CRST) HSE, is a community based rehabilitation service for people who have been in hospital and meet the criteria for inclusion in a home based rehabilitation programme. The team operate from the facilities at the Gilbert Centre.
The objectives of the service are:
• To facilitate a timely discharge from hospital
• To provide a co-ordinated package of therapy, social care and nursing as appropriate
• To provide carer support
• To increase a clients independence in day to day activities and promote recovery
Examples of a patient who may benefit from CRST
• People who have fallen – with or without a fracture
• Patients with a temporarily reduced level of independence
• Patients with neurological conditions such as stroke
Further information on the service can be obtained by contacting the team on 076-1084050.