Practice Closures for Training

The Practice will be closed from 1pm for training and development on the following dates: Telephone calls will be redirected to Practice Plus Group (PPG), patients requiring urgent medical attention that cannot wait until the practice reopens will be assisted by PPG. Should you require MEDICAL ADVICE contact the NHS 111 service.  Telephone number:  111 Please remember, NHS 111

First Contact Physiotherapy (FCP)

What is an FCP?

First Contact Physiotherapy 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 (FCP) is highly experienced and is trained to work beyond the normal role of a physiotherapist. Experience and additional skills/ qualifications (eg. requesting investigations, in some case joint injections and prescribing medication) 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.
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. Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Orthopaedics).