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How can I access physiotherapy services?

There are 3 routes you can take to see a physiotherapist:

  • You can be referred by your GP or consultant to your local or hospital physiotherapy department.
  • You can make your own arrangements to see a physiotherapist without a doctor’s referral. Check with your GP whether you have an NHS physiotherapy department in your area that accepts self-referrals.
  • If you would prefer to go private, you can self-refer to a private physiotherapy practice. If you do self-refer, it’s very important to give a full medical history to the physiotherapist at your first appointment.

Some physiotherapy departments now offer a telephone assessment and advice service. Depending on your condition you may be able to receive all or part of the advice you need over the phone.


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