Eildon Medical Practice is pleased to announce that a First Contact Physiotherapy Service is now available at Newtown Health Centre. First Contact Physiotherapy is a new model evolving in the UK, which places advanced physiotherapists directly into GP practices to assess patients with musculoskeletal issues. In the UK, musculoskeletal conditions account for 30% of all GP appointments.
What services are provided?
This service allows patients to directly access input from a musculoskeletal physiotherapy expert without the need to be referred by a GP. First contact physiotherapists are advanced physiotherapists who are clinically competent to manage and treat musculoskeletal problems which means you may not need to see a GP. The specialist physiotherapist can assess you and suggest the most appropriate way to help you. They can also give you advice about any further investigations or treatment you may need and refer you to other services. They can help patients with musculoskeletal issues such as soft tissue injuries, strains, sprains and sports injuries, arthritis and spinal pain. First Contact Physiotherapy has been shown to give patients quicker access to diagnosis and treatment, helping them to manage their conditions more effectively and recover faster, so they can get back to normal life quickly. Pilot studies have also proved this service helps GPs to manage their workload more effectively, with reduced waiting times and reduced referrals.
This short video explains when to see your FCP:
How can I access this service?
The FCP service will be available to patients aged over 16 who are registered at both Melrose and Newtown, though the clinics are currently held at our Newtown practice. For more information and an appointment, please speak to our reception team who will advise you further.
What the First Contact Physiotherapy service is not…
As the name implies, the First Contact Physiotherapy service is intended as a first point of contact for the physiotherapist to assess the patients needs and is not intended to treat ongoing problems. Typically, you are likely to have one appointment with the physiotherapist which will lead to resolution or ongoing referral or advice.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Service
Patients who wish to refer to the main musculoskeletal physiotherapy service at the BGH are able to self refer via the following link: MSK Physio Self Referral Form
The following link will take you to a new page listing several good resources for patients: Musculoskeletal (MSK) Resources