Patients are normally referred to the department by a consultant based in the hospital. Outpatient referrals are taken from consultants and direct from the Accident & Emergency department. Physiotherapy uses a booked appointment system and referrals are prioritised as necessary.
Inpatient referrals are made by doctors or nursing staff on hospital wards. Some areas have an open referral system and the physios will decide for themselves who requires treatment.
At your appointment you will be assessed by your physio who will decide on the appropriate treatment. Depending on your illness or injury, this treatment might involve: acupuncture, exercise, electrotherapy, facial stimulator, hydrotherapy, mobilisations/manipulations, muscle imbalance/stability work, and traction.
The hospital does not accept GP referrals apart from in some specialist areas.