The Occupational Therapy Department offers a service to adults and children whose physical condition affects their ability to function in activities of daily living. The paediatric service also extends to children of school-going age with an intellectual disability.
The adult service would include a home or clinic visit to assess and give advice on seating, mobility aids, bath aids, home care, self care, splinting and access.
The paediatric service is mainly clinic based but could include a home and school visit also. Equipment needs are assessed for and treatment programmes devised as appropriate.
Referrals can be made through the Public Health Nurse, GP, Physiotherapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Psychologist, Teachers, Consultants. Self referrals are also accepted and if you feel that you require this service please contact the therapist in your area.
Physiotherapists aim to provide greater quality of life through a client’s physical needs and where possible, provide rehabilitation and independence as well as limit and prevent disability.
Community – based physiotherapists in Mayo provide treatment to both adults and children in a number of different locations throughout the County.
Children are frequently referred for assessment by their local Public Health Nurse or Doctor. Referrals are also accepted from other Allied Health Professionals.
Referrals are prioritised according to need.
Clinics for children are held in Swinford, Claremorris, Ballinrobe, Mulranny,Westportand Ballina.
If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s physical development contact the Physiotherapy Manager, Swinford Health Centre on 094 9251000.
Physiotherapy is provided to Adults in Mayo in a number of locations. Primary Care Physiotherapists work as part of teams in Achill, Claremorris and Crossmolina.
Physiotherapy Services are offered to Older Persons in Westport,Charlestown, Knock, Swinford, Ballyhaunis, Foxford, Kiltimagh and Claremorris.
If you have any queries regarding Physiotherapy
Please contact Physiotherapy Manager, Swinford HealthCentre on 0949251000
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and language therapists work with children and adults who have difficulties with communication, (ie. speech and language),and with eating, drinking and swallowing.
Speech and language therapists work closely with parents and carers and other professionals, such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists.
Speech and language therapists work mainly in community health centres, but some work is carried out in community nursing homes, and visits are carried out to homes, playgroups and schools where necessary.
We also provide a school based service to children with intellectual disability and/or autism in mainstream and special schools.
Referrals are accepted from parents and professionals with parental consent.
Speech and language therapists work with:
- babies with feeding and swallowing difficulties.
- children with developmental delay, physical disabilities, language delay, specific language impairment, specific difficulties in producing sounds, hearing impairment, cleft palate, stammering, autism/social interaction difficulties, learning difficulties, dyslexia, voice disorders, selective mutism.
- adults with communication problems following stroke neurological impairments and degenerative conditions including: head injury, Parkinson's disease, motor -neuron disease and dementia cancer of the head, neck and throat (including laryngectomy)’ voice problems, physical disabilities, stammering (dysfluency), hearing impairment, eating and swallowing problems.
Speech & Language Therapy Manager:
Ms. Breda Garvey-Cecchetti
St. Mary’s Headquarters
Speech & Language Therapists are based at the following locations in addition to St. Mary’s Headquarters.
Ballina Health Centre (096) 21511
Ballinrobe Health Centre (094) 9542014
Aras Attracta, Swinford (094) 9050152/9050107
Westport Health Centre (098) 27553
Community Nutrition & Dietetic Service
The Community Nutrition & Dietetic Service (CNDS) is a community based service that aims to improve the nutritional status of the population of Mayo and to help to reduce the incidence of nutrition-related diseases. This is achieved through a combination of nutrition health promotion and clinical work. The service is provided by Community Dietitians who are members of the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI).
Community Nutrition & Dietetic Service,
Swinford Health Centre,
Chiropody Services are available for medical card holders over 65 years. Referrals are made through the Public Health Nurse at your local Health Centre, from your GP or from the Local Health Office.
Medical Card holders are entitled to Ophthalmic or Eye Testing Services, which you can access by calling (094) 904 2247.