There are several ways you can access physiotherapy services on the NHS: For easy access to general assessment and advice, many GP practices are now offering “First Contact Physiotherapy” services, whereby you can book directly to see a physiotherapist who can advise you on how best to manage your condition yourself, but also arrange tests, scans, medication and Consultant appointments if required. They will also be able to help you access specialist services such as podiatry (for foot problems), and physiotherapy for specialisms such as stroke, pulmonary rehabilitation & women's health.
If you require a course of physiotherapy treatment, this is usually arranged by your GP practice (by the First Contact Physiotherapist, Nurse Practitioner or GP), and known as the AQP Pain, Assessment and Treatment Service (PATs).
Contact your GP practice, explain your problem and ask to be referred to see a physiotherapist.
All referrals need to come through your GP practice. You will be either booked in to see a first contact physiotherapist for assessment if available at your practice or passed on to an advanced nurse practitioner or GP who will be able to refer you on to the appropriate physiotherapy service.
This referral is then sent to our administration team who will then contact you about an appointment within 15 days of receiving this referral.
LCHS are committed to delivering accessible and respectful high-quality healthcare for all; if you have any additional concerns or questions regarding your appointment please contact admin team via the contact details on your appointment letter
You can now self-refer into our Women’s health physiotherapy service from 16 weeks onwards in pregnancy, and up to a year post-partum. For advice and assistance with small leakage, pelvic pains and return to work/sport. Click here to access the referral form for women's health physiotherapy service.