for Cystic Fibrosis
The Cystic Fibrosis physiotherapy team at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales aims to assess and treat children of all ages with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). We also work to empower and support families to carry out a physiotherapy routine at home.
The Cystic Fibrosis Physiotherapist Team
Our CF physiotherapy team consists of specialist paediatric physiotherapists who cover inpatient, outpatient clinics and outreach physiotherapy visits. They have in-depth knowledge, experience and understanding of children with CF and have been involved in the care of CF for a number of years. There is also a physiotherapy assistant working in the team, providing exercise provision to inpatients and assisting with equipment provision.
The CF physiotherapists are also part of the wider physiotherapy department within the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales as well as members of the CF multidisciplinary team.
The CF specialist physiotherapist also works with physiotherapists at outreach clinics across South and Mid Wales, offering expert knowledge and support.
What is Physiotherapy for Cystic Fibrosis?
Physiotherapy can help keep lungs clear and is an integral part of CF care. The specialist physiotherapists will provide ongoing assessment, treatment advice and support in developing individualised programs from diagnosis, throughout childhood and adolescent years.
Physiotherapy for CF is made up of a number of different aspects of treatment, all of which will be introduced at the appropriate times and will continually be reviewed. The main components of this treatment are:
- Airway clearance treatment
- Nebuliser therapy
- Exercise therapy
- Musculoskeletal assessment and posture advice and education
- Continence advice, education and treatment
- Developmental advice and education for infants and toddlers.
Getting your child to agree to engage with physiotherapy may be difficult particularly in toddlers and during adolescence – your physiotherapist will offer options and support around this.
How can I ask the Cystic Fibrosis Physiotherapy team for help?
A member of the physiotherapy team will be present at CF clinics and during an inpatient admission. If you need to contact the physiotherapy team outside of these times use the details below.
Exercise is particularly important for people with CF because it can help clear mucus from the lungs, improve physical bulk and strength and help improve overall health.