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OT in the Western Isles

What is Occupational Therapy?

Welcome to the Western Isles Occupational Therapy Service.

The OT service in the Western Isles is an integrated (joint) service across both Health and the Local Authority. The main base in Stornoway (covering Lewis and Harris) is at the Western Isles Hospital. The base in Benbecula (covering Uist, Benbecula and Barra) is in the Western Isles Council offices in Balivanich.

We offer a wide range of services, 


Occupational Therapy (known as OT) provides practical support to enable people to overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing daily activities that matter to them. This helps to increase people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.

'Occupation' refers to practice and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be essential day-to-day tasks in relation to self care, work or leisure.

Occupational Therapists work in a range of settings including: hospitals, community and schools.

Occupational Therapy takes what is known as a 'person-centred' approach to both mental and physical health and wellbeing in order to enable individuals to achieve their full potential. This means that we put patients and families at the heart of all decisions.