Physiotherapist Raquel huge asset for Boston West Hospital
Friday 9 February 2018

Raquel Read, an experienced physiotherapist specialising in women's and men’s health joined the physiotherapy team at Boston West Hospital almost a year ago. Since then she has proved to be a huge asset to the hospital, service and, our patients, re-establishing this important service at Fitzwilliam Hospital and, more recently at our sister Boston West Hospital.

Raquel says: “I am so excited to be working at Fitzwilliam and Boston West Hospitals and, to have the opportunity to lead and develop their women’s and men’s health physiotherapy service.

“Since I joined, I am pleased that patients are benefiting from a faster referral process to our women’s and men’s health physiotherapy service, as we are able to offer more clinics for this specialist area. It’s so rewarding to hear that patients are not having to wait for the support and treatment they need.”

Raquel qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998 in Brazil and in 2004 she started working as a general physiotherapist in the UK. Curiosity led Raquel into women’s and men’s health physiotherapy as this part of physiotherapy was not really covered in her training. After observing and working alongside a colleague in women’s and men’s health, Raquel then attended relevant courses to increase her knowledge and skills.

Raquel has now specialised and worked in women's and men’s health physiotherapy assessment and treatment for ten years, previously in the NHS. Raquel is a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) and, an affiliated Member of the Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) a professional network for chartered physiotherapists who are interested in Women's and Men's Health.

Raquel can treat chronic pelvic pain, pelvic prolapse, urinary incontinence, bowel disfunction and, pregnancy and postpartum pain and conditions.

Raquel continues “I love working with patients in this area as it is very different to general physiotherapy. Often patients can make huge strides to overcome their problems just by educating and advising them of new habits.

“Future plans include developing the male provision as this is a service that many men don’t realise is available. Men have a pelvic floor just the same as women and physiotherapy can help relieve bladder and bowel disfunction caused by pelvic floor issues.

“I also hope to build the rehabilitation physiotherapy service to improve the physical health of our breast cancer patients.”

Tommi Capstick  Physiotherapy Manager at Fitzwilliam Hospital says: “Raquel is a brilliant and passionate physiotherapist and we are delighted to have her at Fitzwilliam and Boston West Hospitals.”

Outside of her specialist physiotherapy work, Raquel is a mother of two boys and enjoys family life.


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