Outpatient and Outreach Services

Outpatient and Outreach Services

The NRH Outpatient Department provides consultant led clinics and multidisciplinary therapy clinics and treatment programmes primarily to the Brain Injury Programme, Stroke Speciality Programme and the Spinal Cord System of Care (SCSC) Programme.

The NRH Outpatient Department strives to offer high quality care which is considerate of the individual needs of the patients and their families.

Consultant led outpatient clinics offer high quality care which is considerate of the individual needs of patients and their families.

The Outpatient therapy services prioritise Interdisciplinary working and offer multidisciplinary, individual and group therapies as appropriate.

Therapies provided include Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology and Speech and Language Therapy.

Demand for these services continues to grow, for example, referrals to the Outpatient Occupational Therapy service increased by approximately 36% in 2019.

Patient Information

The Outpatient Therapy Service

The Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Therapy Service is part of the continuum of care within the NRH, linked with the spinal injury and brain injury programmes of rehabilitation.

Continuum of care is an integrated system of care provided to patients over over time through a comprehensive range of health services.

How is our service delivered?

The NRH Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Therapy Service offers a wide variety of rehabilitation services designed to help you achieve your rehabilitation goals and return to your lifestyle following an accident, injury or illness.  Our comprehensive interdisciplinary service is designed to work with you and your family to maximise your function.

Our highly trained rehabilitation team provides a programme of care to meet your individual needs which may include exercise, practice of daily activities, counselling and education specific to your needs.

The Neurorehabilitation Team

The Neurorehabilitaton Team includes a range of specialists as listed below.  Your team will include the therapists required depending on your individual needs.

  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Clinical Psychologists & Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • Orthoptist
  • Neuropsychiatrist
  • Rehabilitation Consultants

The team provides a suite of clinical services for individuals who have sustained an acquired brain or spinal cord injury, these services include:

  • Single and Interdisciplinary assessments
  • Specialist Clinical assessments, for example, in relation to  Vocation or employment, or Neuropsychology
  • Counselling
  • Living with Aphasia group
  • Meet and Teach group for patients
  • Meet and Teach group for relatives
  • Splinting
  • Saebo
  • Spatisticity Clinic
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Neurobehaviour Clinic
  • Pilates group

How do you avail of our services?

The NRH accepts referrals from Medical Consultants, Physicians and GPs for Adult and Paediatric Patients requiring complex specialist rehabilitation services in the following areas of specialty:-

  • Acquired Brain Injury, including Stroke and other Neurological Conditions
  • Spinal Cord Injury (traumatic and non-traumatic)
  • Limb Absence (congential and acquired limb loss)

Referrals can be made to both the Inpatient and Outpatient services at the NRH.  See more…

How long will you have to wait?

Once your referral has been processed and accepted by the team we will aim to see you within 6-8 weeks.  You will receive written notification that you have been placed on the waiting list.

 How can you contact us?

You can contact us through our Therapy Administrator on 01 235 5353 or email

What can you expect when you attend?

You may be seen by one or a number of therapists on the team.

Your rehabilitation needs will be assessed by the relevant team. This will include discussing your rehabilitation goals. An individualised plan will be agreed with you incorporating your goals.  The schedule of appointments and duration of your therapy programme will be discussed at this time.

How long will your sessions last?

On average, sessions last for 60 minutes.

Will all your therapies be on the same day?

We always endeavour to schedule appointments that minimise unnecessary travel for our patients.  For this reason, patients often attend multiple therapies on the same day.  For others, it may be preferable to have therapies on alternate days to minimise the impact of fatigue.

What do you need to bring?

If possible bring any existing or old therapy programmes with you.

If you wear an orthotic device or splints, please bring these with you.

If you are attending for physiotherapy please wear loose, comfortable clothes.

If you wear reading glasses, please bring these with you.

Consultant led outpatient clinics offer high quality care which is considerate of the individual needs of patients and their families.

Consultant Led Outpatient Clinics
  • Brain Injury
  • Stroke Specialty
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Prosthetic, Orthotic and Limb Absence Rehabilitation (POLAR)
  • Paediatric Clinics
Nurse Led Outpatient Clinics
  • Urology Clinic
Prosthetic, Orthotic and Limb Absence Rehabilitation (POLAR) Outpatient Clinics
  • Prosthetic, Orthotic and Limb Absence (POLAR) Outpatient Clinics

Can I bring a member of my family?

Yes, family are welcome and encouraged to participate in your rehabilitation programme.

Is there a café available?

Tea, coffee and snacks are available in vending machines in the Outpatient Department.  There is a Coffee Shop in the Main Hospital which is a short walk away.

 Is an interpreter available?

An interpreter can be made available with prior notice.  Please notify us as early as possible if you need us to book an interpreter.

How do I get there? 

Directions to the NRH

Where can I park?
In addition to parking spaces for wheelchair users, there are designated spaces for patients attending the Outpatient Service.  These are located on the right hand side as you face the outpatient building (Unit 6).


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