Occupational Therapy

The children’s occupational therapy service at The Royal London Hospital offers assessment and treatment for children and young people aged 0-16 years. Children are seen as inpatients and outpatients. 


Acute Children’s Occupational Therapy is available Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, in all inpatient areas:  

  • 6C (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit)
  • 6A/B (Day surgery)
  • 5 Paediatric wards (7D, 7E gastro, 7E respiratory, 7F, PASSU)
  • 8D (NICU) 

Referrals can be accepted from any staff member when the patient is an inpatient at The Royal London Hospital. Referrals will be prioritised according to policy and current caseload. Referrals are primarily received from patients who are under the orthopaedic or neurology medical teams. 

A pre-Admission Assessment clinic is offered for children and young people undergoing planned complex orthopaedic surgeries, to allow appropriate arrangements for after the surgery to ensure a timely and safe discharge home. 

Outpatient clinic

The occupational therapy team run a daily outpatient clinic, which accepts referrals for children over 16 years of age from consultants at The Royal London Hospital and GP’s practicing in Tower Hamlets, for assessment and treatment of patients for:

  • Hand trauma
  • Congenital hand conditions
  • Burns
  • Scar management
  • New onset of upper limb Chronic Regional pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Acute management of upper limb JIA
  • Pre and post upper limb orthopaedic surgery
  • Pre and post upper limb BTX assessment and evaluations

You can find us on Level 7, Clinic 3 – within the main hospital building. 

Information for children and young people

After you have hurt yourself or become sick, you may need to see lots of different people, including an Occupational Therapist to help you get better. Occupational Therapists can help you to get back to doing your school work, playing with your friends and looking after yourself. We come to play games with you and talk with you and your family.  Occupational Therapist’s may need to watch you eating your dinner, getting dressed, writing, or anything else that you normally like to do, so we can help you to do them as best as you can again.

Information for parents/carers

An Occupational Therapist (OT) enables children to take part in the everyday things they do to occupy themselves. We give children and young people the opportunity to develop or relearn any skill, increase independence and enable fuller participation in activities, after a traumatic event. 

We do this through assessment and observation of your child’s strengths and needs, for all their everyday thinking and functional skills.  We provide various interventions such as exercises, cognitive therapy, therapeutic play, building confidence, equipment provision, making hand splints or adapting the environment. Therapy goals are best when made jointly with you, your child and other professionals who are caring for your child. The aim is to help provide each child and family with the input and support that facilitates optimum recovery of skills. You will be encouraged to attend therapy sessions in hospital and supported to be able to continue on with therapy programs with your child outside of therapy sessions.

Information for professionals

Referral forms or letters may be sent to: 
Children’s Occupational Therapy Service 
Level 7, Clinic 3
The Royal London Hospital 
Whitechapel Road
E1 1BB

Please note: As we are an acute service, we do not accept referrals for children requiring input for handwriting, sensory processing or self care skills as an outpatient. Please refer to the Tower Hamlets Community Occupational Therapy Service at Mild End Hospital, or the local therapy service for the child’s borough. 

Contact us

Children’s Therapies Department 
Kevin Gee (Patient care co-ordinator)
0203 5941521

Meet the team

  • Christa Ronan – OT/PT Team Lead
  • Amanda Barnes – Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist 
  • Orla Daly – Senior Occupational Therapist

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