Strains and sprains, muscle or joint pains or stiffness?
You could see a physiotherapist instead of your GP.
You can now book an appointment directly with 'Physiotherapy First' - a joint initiative between CWP and the Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust (COCH).
How do I access the service?
Rather than wait for a referral from a GP, the service has introduced physiotherapists into GP Practices to improve access to assessment for people with musculoskeletal symptoms affecting their joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues.
The physiotherapy practitioners can provide diagnosis, self-management advice, exercises as well as onward referrals and investigations such as x-rays and blood tests.
At your appointment the physiotherapist will assess your symptoms and discuss your treatment options. They can answer any questions and help you decide how best to manage your condition.
The service also has links to the adult musculoskeletal assessment and management service (AMAMS) to access orthopaedics or rheumatology if required. They can also refer to podiatry and further physiotherapy if appropriate.
Please note these appointments are NOT for ongoing physiotherapy they are an assessment and advice only. Formal courses of physiotherapy will require a referral and will continue at Ellesmere Port Hospital and the practice based physiotherapist will refer you for this after assessment of they feel it necessary. A GP can still refer you for physiotherapy at the hospital as usual.
How to book an appointment?
Appointments are now being offered at both Farndon and Tattenhall Village Surgeries and also Laurel Bank Surgery (Malpas).
Appointments are available on a Wednesday afternoon at Farndon Village Surgery and on a Thursday afternoon at Tattenhall Village Surgery. Please enquire at either reception or call 01829 771588 to discuss booking your appointment. The receptionist may need a brief description of your problem to see if the appointment is suitable for you.
The aim of these appointments are to save GP apointments for medical conditions, as highly specialised physiotherpists they have a lot of experience in assessing and diagnosing problems with joints, muscles and bones. This will improve access for patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
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