Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. Physiotherapists treat people of all ages, helping them manage pain and using a number of methods to aid recovery. Some of the approaches they use include:
- movement and exercise – taking into account a person’s current level of health and their specific requirements
- manual therapy techniques – where the physiotherapist helps recovery by using their hands to relieve muscle pain and stiffness, and encourage blood flow to an injured part of the body
- aquatic therapy – a type of physiotherapy carried out in water
- other techniques – such as heat, cold and acupuncture to help ease pain
Physiotherapists help treat physical problems linked to a number of the body’s systems, including:
- musculoskeletal – bones, joints and soft tissues
- neuromuscular – the brain and nervous system
- cardiovascular – the heart and blood circulation
- respiratory – the organs that help you breathe, such as the windpipe, voicebox and lungs
Physiotherapy – Self Referral
It is possible for patients to self refer for NHS Physiotherapy Treatment. This means that you do not need to see your GP to be referred to an NHS Physiotherapist.
If you have a condition that you think may benefit from a course of physiotherapy, you can complete a Self Referral form available from your GP Surgery. This is should then be forwarded directly to the Physiotherapy Patient Contact Centre who will liaise directly with you about whether physiotherapy is a suitable option for you and to arrange how and when treatment can be carried out.
There are some exceptions to self-referral by patients which are detailed below:
- Under 16’s for patients who are under 16 years of age a GP referral is required
- Complex Medical History for patients with a heart condition, who have been treated for cancer or any other complex medical problem a GP referral is required
- Language Issues for patients who do not speak English to a level where they can complete a self referral with all the information needed a GP referral is required
- Foot Problems any problems relating to the feet need to be dealt with by a podiatrist
Once completed the form should be either posted to the following address:
Patient Contact Centre, Room F20/F21, First Floor, Highfield Clinical Care, Cliftonville Road, Northampton, NN1 5BU
or e-mailed to [email protected]
Alternatively you can self refer by telephone on 0330 555 6789.
For further information about Physiotherapy services in Northamptonshire please click on the following link
Due to demand there is likely to be a long wait to see a Physiotherapist, up to several months. We are lucky enough to have engaged a Physiotherapist at Towcester Medical Centre who may be able to see you at an initial consultation for assessment. Follow this link for more information:
Private Physiotherapy is available at Towcester Medical Centre On Tuesdays and Thursdays (evenings only).
Towcester Physiotherapy Clinic with Claire and Marion will close on Thursday, 21 January 2021. However, Heartlands Physiotherapy Clinic will take over at Towcester Medical Centre on Monday and Thursday evenings starting on Monday 8 February 2021. The physiotherapists will be Claire Poat on two evenings with Claire Todd and Birgit Scott on one evening each. There will also be physiotherapy provision at Heartlands Daventry Clinic.
Referrals and patient enquiries for appointments at Daventry or Towcester:
If you have a condition that requires physiotherapy the GP will advise you of this and make a referral.
If you choose to have NHS Physiotherapy your GP will make a referral or you can self refer for NHS Physiotherapy.
If you choose to have Private Physiotherapy the GP can make a referral for this or you can self refer. Reception can book an appointment with either Marion or Claire for you for their next available time although during the pandemic you can contact Marion Thom direct on the number above. The charges for private physiotherapy are £35 per half hour.