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Teletherapy Begins for Wheeling Hospital Peds Rehab Patients

April 7, 2020

WHEELING, WV — Wheeling Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation patients can now stay in touch with their therapists through teletherapy, allowing them to resume their rehab sessions through the COVID-19 quarantine.

When COVID-19 restrictions were put in place, and hospitals began scaling back outpatient services, therapy patients were left wondering if their rehab would continue.

Last week, the Peds Rehab staff was trained in teletherapy on Webex by the hospital’s Information Services. Webex is an online meeting app that allows the therapists to connect with families and provide speech, occupational and physical therapy.

“We had approximately 230 active patients that we stopped seeing face-to-face at the end business on March 19,” said Sheila Archer, senior director, Rehabilitation Services. “This will allow us to continue to provide services to these patients. This week we are reaching out to families and scheduling virtual visits with them. The therapists are providing the services remotely from their home.”

Also included will be adult outpatient services for occupational, physical and speech therapy. These departments and therapists will start their training this week.

Therapists at Wheeling Hospital’s Pediatrics Rehab help children diagnosed with: autism spectrum disorders; Down syndrome; cerebral palsy; orthopedic conditions; prematurity; spina bifida; muscular dystrophy; genetic abnormalities; visual perceptual deficits; sensory integration dysfunction; global development delays; apraxia; auditory processing disorders; and receptive and expressive language disorders.

For more information, call Pediatric Rehabilitation at 304-243-8310.

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