Physiotherapist at Elmwood Medical Practice
1st April 2016
Physiotherapy Service At Elmwood Medical Practice,
We have a Physiotherapist Diarmuid Horgan who is on site in Elmwood Medical Practice. We read an article recently outlining the benefits of having this service available in a GP surgery. Diarmuid has been a fantastic addition to the team. If you would like to book an appointmnet for Physio you can the surgery on 021- 4893255
GPs could spend longer with their patients if physiotherapists worked with them at their surgeries, says the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
an extra five minutes could be spent with other patients.
Physios are already working in a small number of GP surgeries in England.
GPs' leaders welcomed the initiative but said staff would have to be trained to the highest standards.
Musculo-skeletal conditions are thought to make up as much as 30% of all GP appointments.
Physiotherapists say that if they could be the first point of contact for patients with these conditions, GPs could dedicate more time to people with other conditions.
During a three-month pilot in West Cheshire, more than 700 patients who would otherwise have seen a GP, were seen by a physiotherapist.
The arrangement is now in place in 36 GP practices in the area.
According to Karen Middleton, chief executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, GPs and patients regularly say they are concerned about the inadequate length of appointments - which are usually around 10 minutes - and this could be a solution.
"More GPs are choosing to invite physiotherapists to work alongside them in surgeries up and down the country to save time and money," she said.
"Our ambition is for this to be the norm rather than the exception."
Dr Maureen Baker, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said she welcomed any initiative which helped to ease the pressure on GPs, as long as it was well-regulated.
"Whilst the services GPs and physiotherapists provide complement each other, they are very different, so whilst we would welcome better integration between the two we would recommend that any self-referral schemes reflect local needs and are continuously evaluated.
"We would also need assurances that patients do not fall prey to providers who are not accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, whose members are trained to the highest standards and have the skills to identify health problems that go beyond musculo-skeletal conditions."