Facial palsy

Facial palsy (also known as bell’s palsy) is a condition that causes temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in the face. 

If you suspect you have developed facial palsy, please contact your GP or call 111 within the first 72 hours.

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Facial palsy assessment

If it is suspected that you have facial palsy, you will have a full assessment with a therapist. The assessment may be over the phone initially to assess your needs and to plan any necessary appointments. Most of the treatment provided involves education, advice and exercise.

How to be referred for a facial assessment

We accept referrals for patients with simple facial palsy, however patients with other causes such as Ramsey Hunt, Guillain- Barre syndrome and post trauma will also be accepted.

If the facial palsy is a result of a central brain injury, such as a stroke, please call 01332 254631 or email dhft.physioreferrals@nhs.net to discuss the case with the therapist, as these cases will be considered individually.