Southern self referral service for Physiotherapy is inadequate

There is not enough resource allocated to the South for self referral NHS physiotherapy.  Making an appointment can take days to get through with the line always being busy. Then the quota of appointments is always full. No alternative is offered sometimes it can take 3 weeks of trying to get through to make an appointment.

We need more resource and a more efficient booking system.

Why the contribution is important

Having prompt access to acute physiotherapy treatment is proven to be very cost effective .

It can stop people from going on the sick from work and can hasten their return. Have a good £ for £ return on the service spend.

It can prevent conditions from developing into chronic onditions that require hospitalisation.

Many with acute muscular skeletal issues cannot travel easily - it is more cost effective to deliver the service locally for all parties involved.


by Manneen on July 01, 2018 at 04:03PM

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  • Posted by castlearcher July 05, 2018 at 21:09

    I think staff shortages result in the peripheral clinics being pulled to keep Douglas and the hospital adequately staffed.
  • Posted by Nab July 10, 2018 at 20:04

    I have experienced the same problem in Douglas. The service is a great idea but needs to be appropriately resourced.
  • Posted by ClairIOMGov July 27, 2018 at 09:42

    I think a physiotherapy drop in session would be helpful, especially for people with chronic conditions so that they don't have to self-refer each time they need treatment.

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