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Paediatric Occupational Therapy

                            children playing

The Paediatric (Children’s) Occupational Therapy Team is community based and provides a Borders wide service. Each Occupational Therapist (OT) covers a geographical location and they provide input to the acute hospital setting (Ward 15, BGH) as required. The paediatric OTs provide a service to children with a diverse range of difficulties, with an age range of 0-18 years.

What does an Occupational Therapist do?

OTs work with children who have difficulties with the practical and social skills necessary for their every day life. The OT aims to enable the child to be as physically, psychologically and socially independent as possible.

The OT assesses the child, and aims to maximise their opportunities to develop in the following areas:

  • Functional abilities e.g. dressing, eating, toileting etc
  • Schools skills e.g. pencil control, access to the environment
  • Play skills
  • Responses to sensory stimuli during the child’s day
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Social skills

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A request for assistance from the Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service can be made via the child's school, Healthcare Professional, Doctor, Health Visitor, Nurse, Physiotherapist or Speech Therapist or by parents/ carers contacting the service directly.

Staff List

Claire Scott 
(Team Leader)

Hawick Health Centre, Hawick 01450 361018
Fiona Campbell
Anna Smith
Nancy Anderson

The Children's Therapy Unit
Borders General Hospital, Melrose

01896 826035
Ashley Prentice The Knoll, Duns 01361 885019
Annabelle Clark Hawick Health Centre, Hawick 01450 361011
Heather McAndrew Hay Lodge House, Peebles 01721 726982