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Improved access

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Physiotherapy Self-Help Videos and referral forms

Community Physiotherapy Service

This is the new and improved way for patients that are registered with an Eastern Cheshire GP Practice to access our community physiotherapy service for patients experiencing conditions affecting the muscle and skeleton. The aim of the new online self-referral form is to enable patients to activate a referral of treatment without having to visit your GP.  

If you are considering physiotherapy as a treatment option for your current symptoms, we recommend first visiting the NHS Physiotherapy Page Here you will find some useful self-care advice which may assist you with your recovery without the need to see a physiotherapist. There are also self-care videos and information held within each of the available NHS contracted community physiotherapy providers. Please see links to each of their websites listed below.

Self-referral schemes around the country have shown encouraging benefits to both patients and local health communities. Patients can be seen quicker preventing chronic issues and reducing the need for prescriptions and expensive diagnostic tests. It will also reduce the GP musculoskeletal workload, freeing up appointment slots in their busy clinics. Patient satisfaction with self-referral is high as it encourages engagement and allows patients to state exactly what their symptoms are and how it affects them.

East Cheshire NHS Trusts Adult Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Service have recently deveolped a self-help website for common musculosketetal conditions which includes advice and videos of physiotherapy exercise for a number of different conditions. 

The videos can be used to help self-manage a number of common musculoskeletal problems. 

Self-help videos

Self-referral criteria

Please read the following criteria prior to completing the online form to ensure self-referral is the best option for you

  • You must be registered with an Eastern Cheshire Practice
  • Patients below the age of 18 must attend their appointment with a chaperone (children with any development conditions should contact their GP for a referral to specialist paediatric therapy services)
  • Patients who require emergency treatment (immediate, serious and life threatening)
    • Please consult NHS 111 or GP urgently if you have recently or suddenly developed difficulties passing urine or controlling bladder/bowels, numbness or tingling around your back passage or genitals, numbness/pins and needles or weakness in both legs
  • It is important that you do not self-refer if you have any of the following signs or symptoms without consulting your GP first:
    • Changes in your bladder and bowel habits
    • A hot swollen joint
    • Constant severe pain and you are unable to find relief
    • Weakness, pins and needles, loss of feeling
    • Unexpected weight loss
    • Respiratory conditions
    • Neurological conditions
    • Post amputation (requires specialist referral)
    • Women’s health problems (except pregnancy related pelvic and/or back pain)
    • Patients in their own homes that do not meet the criteria for domiciliary care
    • Patients, requiring joint injections as part of palliative care
    • Patients who have undergone extensive, complicated surgery, as defined by the operating consultant for an orthopaedic or rheumatological condition which requires specialist intervention

Please also note:

  • You are unable to access this service within 6 months if it is for the same condition
  • Depending on your condition and needs, you may be offered an initial assessment with advice and guidance. For those requiring further treatment sessions, the average required is usually between 1 to 3 however this will be discussed with you at your initial appointment where you and your physiotherapist will set jointly agreed goals

Click on the self-referral below if you meet the criteria. 

Online self referral form 

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