Specialist Physiotherapy Service

Specialist Physiotherapy Service

St. Luke’s Specialist Physiotherapy Service aims to help people living with cancer and other life limiting diseases be as independent and mobile as possible, helping them benefit fully from other treatment they may be receiving or have already received, as well as coping with distressing symptoms.

Physiotherapy support is also available to carers and families to help them in their caring role, for example safe moving and handling techniques.

St. Luke’s Physiotherapy Service works collaboratively with the patient, their family, and with any other professional or Hospice service involved in their care.

What we offer

  • Information & Advice on pain management, use of TENS, comfortable positioning in bed
  • Assessments, with regards to equipment & mobility aids
  • Personalised treatment plans

Treatment including:-

  • Heat Therapy & exercises to improve mobility and independence, strengthen weak muscles and improve movement
  • Chest physiotherapy, to manage symptoms such as breathlessness, fatigue and problems with phlegm
  • Problems with balance and getting in and out of bed
  • Carer’s support for moving and handling patient
  • Group Therapy – e.g. for breathlessness, fatigue management, exercise classes and many more
  • Self-help techniques- relaxation, sleep hygiene and confidence building
  • Survivorship issues- i.e. long term side effects of treatments and coping with symptoms of disease and medication

Referral Criteria

Referrals are accepted for anyone living with or affected by cancer or any other life challenging illness living in South West Essex.

Referrals can be made through your

  • General Practitioner
  • Hospital Consultant
  • District Nurse
  • Macmillan Nurse
  • Any Hospice Service
  • Self-Referral


Initial and on-going assessments are carried out by one of our physiotherapists who are specialist in cancer and palliative care as well as other long term conditions.

Assessments generally take place in our gym and will include advice and an opportunity to discuss options available.

Making an Appointment & further information

Treatments and assessment appointments are available at St. Luke’s Hospice, Basildon; St. Luke’s House, Corringham; community clinics and patients own homes for those who are unable to get out of bed.

Transport can be arranged in some cases

To access service or speak with one of our Specialist Physiotherapy team – telephone 01268 524973

Downloadable Leaflets

Specialist Physiotherapy Service Leaflet

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