Princess Royal to visit Kettering Hospital

Princess Royal
Princess Royal

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is visiting Kettering General Hospital on Tuesday, July 2, to celebrate the contribution of occupational therapy to hospital patients and to launch the College of Occupational Therapists’ new five year strategy.

The Princess Royal has been Patron of the College of Occupational Therapists for more than 20 years. She will tour the hospital, meet with patients, see occupational therapists in action, and then give a speech to hospital staff, senior College representatives and local dignitaries.

Kettering General Hospital’s Head of Therapies, Melanie Paragreen, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the innovative and excellent work that the occupational therapy team do here at Kettering General Hospital.

“As a department our aim is to treat every patient as an individual and we do everything we can to help them to overcome their injury or illness and return, as much as possible, to normal life.

“We assess patients, set goals with them, and then work closely with each person to achieve those goals. This can include things like helping people to re-learn the tasks of daily life (such as washing and dressing) through rehabilitation, by using assisted devices or by advising on how to adapt their home to meet their needs.

“At Kettering General our team of 26 occupational therapists play a very important role in helping more than 500 patients per month to return to normal life after their injury or illness.”

Julia Scott, Chief Executive of the College of Occupational Therapists said: “Kettering Hospital is a fitting stage on which to launch the College of Occupational Therapists’ five year strategy, and support our mission to promote excellence in occupational therapy.

“The talented team of occupational therapists at Kettering are a true exemplar of our profession’s specialist skills in integrated care; supporting people at all stages of recovery and helping them to return home and back to health as soon as possible.”

Our new strategy ensures we continue to support members working within services like these, and to champion occupational therapy’s place at the heart of a modern and efficient health and social care system.“

Kettering General Hospital’s Chief Executive, Lorene Read, said: “It was a great honour for our occupational therapy department, and for our hospital, to have been chosen for this celebration.

“The occupational therapy team are a vitally important component of the care we provide at Kettering General. They help bridge the gap from hospital to home for more than 6,000 patients a year and make a major contribution to the excellent care that this hospital provides.”