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Newington Physiotherapy

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Newington Physiotherapy Ltd was established in 2007 to provide physiotherapy services for the elective surgery at Mercy Hospital.


Shelley Aitcheson

Jane Dickison

Shelley Aitcheson MMPhty (credit) Jayne Dickison BPhty (credit)

Shelley completed undergraduate qualifications at the Otago School of Physiotherapy in 1985 then completed a Master of Manipulative Physiotherapy qualifications at the University of Otago in 1993. She worked at hospitals in Wellington and England before pursing a specialist interest in Arthritis and Joint care. Shelley lectured at the Otago School of Physiotherapy before establishing an Orthopaedic and Surgical Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Private Practice, Newington Physiotherapy Ltd, at Mercy Hospital.

Jayne completed her under graduate at the University of Otago in 1996. Her early career was spent in Elder Person Health care and Neurological Rehabilitation. She then combined Physiotherapy and previous career business and banking interests to establish an Orthopaedic and Surgical Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Private Practice, Newington Physiotherapy Ltd, at Mercy Hospital.


  • New Zealand Registered Physiotherapist
  • Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand and Sports Special Interest Group


  • New Zealand Registered Physiotherapist
  • Member New Zealand Vietnam HealthTrust

Mission Statement

To provide compassionate effective physiotherapy services to the in-patients of Mercy Hospital Dunedin Ltd in accordance with Credentialed Specialist Bylaws, Mercy Hospital Policies, Newington Physiotherapy Ltd Policies and Procedures, and your Surgeons' Prescribed Protocols and guidelines.


Compassion, Professionalism, Respect, Integrity

Elective surgery at Mercy Hospital

At Mercy Hospital in Dunedin the surgery is all scheduled in advance - this is called elective surgery as opposed to surgery that may need to be done in an emergency.

Physiotherapy Pre-surgery (contact your local Physio in the community)

Each Surgery has specific restrictions and you should follow the advice of your Surgeon. Your local Physiotherapist can provide you information on specific and targeted exercises before your operation if required or recommended by your Surgeon. Exercise can sometimes be challenging as you await surgery but a gentle programme made specifically for you by your physiotherapist may be helpful.

These may include:

Range of movement and stretching exercises - which can improve joint movement and your function. They help to keep full joint range of movement which in turn helps improve balance, flexibility and strength. Stretching can help relieve tight muscles and improve joint range of movement.

Strength exercises - to keep the muscles around your joints strong helps support your body and joints.

Cardiovascular exercises - help to keep your heart lungs and muscles fit and active before surgery and may include a walking programme, or water exercises

Physiotherapy Post-surgery

(Newington Physiotherapy will provide this in Mercy hospital only)

In Hospital Physiotherapy is usually recommended by your Orthopaedic and sometimes by General Surgeons post- surgery.  Each Surgeon has specific guidelines for each individual operation.  Newington Physiotherapy works closely with your Surgeons guidelines to provide you with advice and a prescribed initial rehabilitation programme.

This will help address optimal:

  • respiratory and circulatory function,
  • swelling,
  • rest, recovery,

and gentle exercises to help your post-operative recovery and function to enable you to return home.

The duration of your recovery depends on the type of surgery you’ve had and your fitness before surgery. Generally, there is a rapid recovery in the first 3-6 months post-surgery with improvement in some conditions continuing for 1-2 years.

You will be given a referral if required for ongoing Physiotherapy rehabilitation as per your Surgeon’s guidelines.

We are available by phone or email if you have any Physiotherapy concerns or worries before or after your Surgery.

Phone 03 464 0107 extension 3872 or email