Self Referral to Physiotherapy at University Hospital Plymouth
What is self-referral?
This is the new way for patients that are registered with a Plymouth GP to access our physiotherapy service The aim of the new system is to enable patients to activate a referral of treatment without having to visit your GP. 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.
What conditions / injuries do we treat?
Musculoskeletal problems such as neck pain, back pain, muscle strains, ligament strains and arthritis are appropriate for this service. Unfortunately self-referral is not open to patients with neurological conditions such as Multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, Stroke and respiratory conditions. For treatment of these conditions you would have to be referred by your GP in the normal way and to the appropriate physiotherapy service.
For more information and to self-refer to this service, please visit www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk.