‘Physiotherapy First’ is a joint initiative between CWP and the Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust (COCH). Rather than wait for a referral from a GP, this 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 physiotherapy if appropriate.
Anyone registered with a GP in West Cheshire can book an assessment appointment directly with a physiotherapist. There are 36 practices that are part of the scheme.
Here at the Elms Medical Practice we have a Physiotherapist with us all day Friday but our patients can also be offered appointments at Northgate Medical Surgery on Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you would like to book an appointment with the Physiotherapist please contact the surgery on 01244 351000.
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