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Paediatric Rehabilitation

The Portland Hospital offers rehabilitation programmes to help every child achieve their full potential and lead a full and happy life.

Our dedicated Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Unit – the only such unit in the UK with an onsite paediatric intensive care and diagnostic technology – treats children of all ages, from babies up to the age of 18, on an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Rehabilitation programmes are tailored to the individual child’s needs, and cover a wide range of neurological conditions and complex disabilities including traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, developmental delay and rehabilitation following complex surgery.

Why Choose The Portland Hospital Rehabilitation Unit?

The Rehabilitation Unit is situated within The Portland Hospital, giving onsite access to a range of acute children’s services including  specialist consultants, the latest diagnostic technology, a 10-bed Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and medical and surgical treatments.

It means rehabilitation programmes can be started early on – sometimes whilst a child is still on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Our world-class specialist consultants work alongside a skilled and experienced multi-disciplinary team of nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, neuropsychologists, play therapists, tutors and dietitians to provide a co-ordinated and holistic programme of care.

Once children reach the age of 18, we ensure a smooth transition into the Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Unit at The Wellington Hospital so that you child can continue their rehabilitation programme in an environment designed to treat older patients.

Family-Centred Care 

Our philosophy is to involve you and your child in every aspect of rehabilitation, from planning the programme and setting goals, to joining in with nursing and therapy sessions. Regular meetings are set up between staff and family members to provide support and review progress.

Parents are welcome to stay with their child overnight and all our rooms are designed to allow this.

Treatment Programmes and Goals

Your child’s programme will be overseen by their admitting consultant, and their treatment will be closely managed by our specialist consultants and appropriate members of our rehabilitation team.

We offer specialist treatment programmes in four areas: Acquired Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Neurodevelopmental Disorder and Global Development Delay and Surgical Rehabilitation.

Each treatment programme is tailored to the needs and age of your child, and will consist of a variety of high-quality therapies and educational support to allow your child to achieve their physical, functional, social and educational potential.

All programmes aim to engage and challenge your child, and maximise recovery through one-to-one and group sessions throughout the day.


Being located within The Portland Hospital gives access to a large number of experienced specialists and diagnostics equipment to support the programme. In addition we have:

• Sensory motor gym – a safe and exciting environment to promote your child’s interaction with their surroundings and challenge their sensory and motor skills..

• Sensory room – to enhance children’s senses, helping them to focus or relax, and to ease anxiety before an operation.

• Playroom - dedicated play therapists offer a variety of activities during your child’s stay.

• Hydrotherapy – an off-site hydrotherapy pool complements our therapy programmes.

• Individual treatment areas – for one-to-one sessions.

• Gym facilities – for older children and group work.

Equipment and Specialist Input

Our therapists offer a range of specialist treatments including: respiratory and airway management, provision of orthotics, splints and lycra suits, posture and seating assessments, speech and language therapy, and nutrition and feeding assessment and management.

For further information or enquiries please call the Children’s Therapy and Rehabilitation department on 020 7390 6553.

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