Physiotherapists assess, diagnose, treat and manage long-term conditions, help promote and maintain general health, prevent disease, and enable people to remain mobile.

The team is made up of over 70 members working who provide services to patients of all ages across wards of the hospital and in the outpatient departments based at both Croydon University Hospital and Purley War Memorial Hospital.

In addition, there are around 40 community physiotherapy staff who provide outpatient care for musculoskeletal conditions in seven clinics across Croydon.


Integrated services



How to refer

Contact information


Integrated services

Physiotherapists work closely with all members of the wider healthcare team such as, ward nurses, occupational therapists, discharge co-ordinators and podiatrists. In addition, therapy colleagues in intermediate care and colleagues in social care (such as care managers) also provide support.

The service supports patients following a serious medical episode that required a hospital admission.  This includes medicine & surgery, acute medical unit (AMU), intensive care unit, vascular, orthopaedic and paediatric cases.  

Physiotherapists also work in specialist outpatient teams, such as cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation.





The inpatient physiotherapy team form part of a well-established multi-disciplinary team working on the elderly care wards.  The Howell Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit (HARU) specialise in the management of conditions, which mostly affect older people. The common conditions are stroke, falls and Parkinson’s disease. HARU also runs balance exercise groups for outpatients. 

There are also two inpatient neurology teams who see all adult neurological patients throughout the hospital, except those on the Elderly Care wards providing physiotherapy for patients with a wide range of neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Motor Neurone Disease, Guillain Barre Syndrome and post stroke complications.

Both teams have clinical expertise in using adjuncts such as Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and splinting.

There is also an outpatient neuro-physiotherapy team.




The evening sessions in the hydrotherapy pool are provided by Croydon Therapy Clinics. 

Queries regarding the hydrotherapy services should be directed to the 24 hour answerphone service on 020 8401 3895.


How to refer

To refer patients for physiotherapy service see community integrated musculoskeletal service (CIMS).



Contact information

The team welcomes professional liaison.


Physiotherapy department

Croydon University Hospital

530 London Road




Tel: 020 8401 6839 (Adult)

Tel - 020 8401 4261 (Children's physiotherapy)

Fax - 020 8401 6829 (Adult)

Fax - 020 8401 3490 (Children's physiotherapy) 

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