Medway Community Healthcare (MCH) provides a wide range of high quality community health services for Medway residents; from health visitors and district nurses to speech and language therapists and out of hours urgent care.
The children’s therapies team is currently running a reduced service. We are prioritising those children that need urgent care.
We have established a helpdesk for urgent behaviour issues. If you need to speak to a member of the team, please contact 0300 123 3444 and choose option 1 and then option 3
We are a team of qualified physiotherapists and technical instructors with specialist interests and knowledge in movement patterns and difficulties with a range of neurological conditions. We work with children who have difficulties with movement, posture and gait. We work across several clinical sites and will see your child for assessment and treatment at one of these.
Initial appointment – carried out by a qualified physiotherapist. This can take up to 1 hour and involves a case history taken from yourself and a range of assessments carried out with your child and you in the session.
Therapy intervention – carried out by our specialist team including physiotherapy technicians. Each sessions can be up to 45 minutes dependent on the individual child. During this session strategies will be demonstrated with you and your child to target specific areas of difficulty.
Professionals working with your child can refer them into this service via our online referral form.
What are physiotherapists
P.E. with Joe Wickes - tried and tested by the physios in our Children’s Therapy Team and a great way to keep your child moving whilst their strengthening groups are on hold
The Pilates group is run by a Physiotherapist and a Gym Instructor, both qualified in teaching Pilates. It takes place in the gym at MCH House (MCH House, Bailey Drive, Gillingham Business Park, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 0PZ) every Friday afternoon at 4.30pm.
We encourage children to engage in local leisure facilities/ classes, however there is often not any provision for Under 16s. This class is available to all children aged 10 years and over, and provides and safe and comprehensive tuition in Pilates.
The aim of Pilates is to work on retraining the correct activation of the deep abdominal, back and pelvic floor muscles. If you know a child in year 6 who finds PE difficult, cannot attend to lessons without having to prop themselves up or is very uncoordinated and clumsy, then you may consider recommending this group to parents. Pilates is a great foundation for improving general strength and fitness. Once the core muscle groups have regained full strength and balance, the body works more efficiently.
Any child can attend for a competitive price of £5 per session, no referral is necessary. To book a place parents should ring us at Snapdragons Centre on 0300 123 5005.
All referral forms should be completed and forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a parent seeking advice please contact the duty desk on 0300 123 3444.
Alternatively please speak to your health visitor, GP or Nursery/School who may consider a referral to our service.
Following referral you will be invited to attend either a parent education training session or an assessment screen.
Phone lines are open between 8am – 5pm Monday – Friday