HMR Children's Physiotherapy

We provide a specialist service to children and young people up to the age of 16 years, or 19 years if they have special educational needs or disability and are in full time education.

They need to be registered with a doctor in Heywood, Middleton or Rochdale.

We provide rehabilitation, self-management support and treatment for a wide variety of conditions and disabilities which impact on physical functions such as mobility, muscle strength, range of movement and balance.

Conditions may include:

  • Neurodisabilities e.g. Cerebral palsy or head injury
  • Musculoskeletal or orthopaedic conditions e.g. rehabilitation after a broken bone
  • Developmental delay
  • Neuromuscular conditions e.g. muscular dystrophies

We also support parents and carers.  

We aim to reduce the impact of physical impairments on a child’s growth, development and social interaction.  Physiotherapy care is specific to the needs of each child or young person and their family and encourages them to be as independent as possible.  

We are part of the children's acute and ongoing needs service (CAONS). Click here for more information about the CAONS.

What do we offer?

Physiotherapy may include the following:

  • Assessment and treatment of a child or young person's postural, physical and mobility skills
  • Home and school therapy programmes
  • Postural management programmes
  • Advice, education and support for parents, carers and schools
  • Supporting a child to reach their developmental milestones such as crawling and walking
  • Providing mobility and postural equipment
  • Formal reports on children's and young people's physical mobility, as required
  • Working in partnership with other professionals and agencies, including parents and carers, to ensure a fully joined up approach to a child’s care
  • Signposting and referral to other services such as the eye service orthopaedics, community paediatrics and charitable organisations such as Barnardos

Our neuromuscular specialists also provide:

  • Community based care for children and adults with a neuromuscular condition
  • Respiratory care and development of chest management programmes, to help avoid a hospital admission
  • Physical, emotional and social support to help the child to manage their condition, to co-ordinate their care and support the move from children’s to adult’s services. 

Where do we provide care?

We provide care in community clinics, the home, special schools, mainstream schools and nurseries. The main sites for our clinic-based services are:

  • Croft Shifa Health Centre, Rochdale
  • Callaghan House, Heywood
  • Nye Bevan Health Centre, Rochdale (joint physiotherapy and podiatry clinic)

What to do if you are worried

If you are worried about your child’s mobility or physical skills, you should speak to your GP, health visitor or another health care professional.

They can refer your child to us. Please click here for details of how to refer.

Unfortunately we are not able accept referrals from parents or carers.

Following your child's referral, we will contact you. We work hard to see every child as quickly as possible.  

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Contact information

Children's Acute and Ongoing Needs Service
Callaghan House
Cross Street
OL10 2DY

Tel: 01706 676 777

Fax: 0207 019 7419

Parking Available: Yes

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

Saturday, 8am to 2pm

Referral methods

  • Self referral
  • GP
  • Health professional
  • Social care professional