NEW SERVICE Patient Direct Access - Specialist Orthopaedic Practitioner

As part of increasing patient access to care, the 4 x Fleet locality practices have engaged with a CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) approved Physiotherapist, Premier MSK.  From the 13th November 2017, patients will have direct access to a Specialist Orthopaedic Practitioner for an initial physiotherapy assessment at Richmond Surgery.

Currently when you have aches, pains or an injury you book an appointment with your GP who will then refer you for an assessment and thereafter following this assessment you may then be referred for physiotherapy treatment.  Often there are long waiting times.

From early November, you will be able to book an assessment appointment with our in-house Specialist Orthopaedic Practitioner directly with our reception team avoiding the need to see your GP first to facilitate the assessment referral.

The process is simple.  If you believe you require this service, speak with our reception team who will have access to the Specialist Orthopaedic Practitioner appointment book. They will ask you some questions to ensure this direct service is appropriate for your needs, therefore do please ensure you provide them with as much information as possible.   

Our reception team have completed essential training for this service and the questions they may ask you are required by Premier MSK to ensure appropriateness for you.  An appointment will be offered, you attend for your initial assessment and any ongoing treatment will be discussed with you.  If the Specialist Orthopaedic Practitioner decides you do need physiotherapy you will be referred for this.

We will continue to host the weekly clinics with Healthshare Physiotherapy at the Surgery 2 days per week.  It is therefore likely that should you require physiotherapy, Premier MSK will refer you to them for treatment at the Surgery.