WAITS for a physiotherapy appointment have, for some people, been a pain. Now, patients can be seen quicker thanks to a new service.
Solihull NHS Care Trust is extending its new Community Musculoskeletal (MSK) Service offering physiotherapy by highly skilled specialists.
When the service was launched in August GPs in the north of the borough could refer patients to the new MSK clinics at Bosworth, Kingshurst and Chester Road practices. Following a concerted recruitment drive by the service, GPs in the south of the borough are now also able to refer patients.
New clinics have been set up at Freshfields Clinic, Northbrook Health Centre, Monkspath Clinic, Shirley Clinic, Tanworth Lane Surgery, Yew Tree Medical Centre, Meriden Surgery, Hampton-in-Arden Surgery and Hobs Moat Medical Centre.
With the new service a patient can be seen within a fortnight and have their condition assessed. For some it will still mean a referral to an orthopaedic surgeon but many will be treated and discharged or called back for further care.
Care Trust Commissioning Manager Scott Maddock said: “We were finding that hospital orthopaedic surgeons were seeing patients who did not need surgery.
“It meant a wait for an outpatient appointment and then a further wait to see a physiotherapist.
“With the new service people can see a physiotherapist from our Community Services directorate and they can make a decision on further care.
“They can be seen, assessed and treated more quickly and at a location more convenient to them.
“Early indications are that the extension of this service in the north of the borough has been a popular one and that more and more of our GPs are making use of it.”
Patients will be able to choose which clinic they go to for their appointment.