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First Contact Physiotherapy

Amicus Health is taking part in a national scheme to look at how assessing and treating muscle and joint pain in a different way may benefit patients. The aim is to provide early access to specialist assessment.

What is it?

It provides an opportunity to book in directly via reception for assessment and management of muscle and joint aches and pains without having to see your GP first.  The only time you should not do this would be if you are under 12 years old or acutely unwell. Alternatively, if you have spoken to your GP they may recommend that you book in for assessment.  This is not the same as being referred for a course of Physiotherapy.

Who will I be seen by?

A First Contact Physiotherapist is highly experienced and is trained to work beyond the normal role of a physiotherapist. Experience and additional skills/ qualifications (such as prescribing medication, joint injections and requesting investigations) enables them to manage most conditions without needing to involve your GP.

What should I expect?

  • You will be asked to describe your symptoms and how they started.
  • An expert assessment to confirm a diagnosis.
  • Prescribing for pain relief if needed.
  • Advice based on the best evidence for managing your problem.
  • Requesting of investigations (scans, X-rays, blood tests) if required.
  • Onward referral to other services if appropriate (eg Orthopaedics, Podiatry, Physiotherapy, Rheumatology).

Our First Contact Physio service is based at Clare House on Tuesdays, but all Amicus patients - both Bampton and Tiverton - are eligible to use it. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

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