Patients registered with any Eastern Cheshire GP Practice can now self-refer to access community physiotherapy service for conditions affecting the muscle and skeleton. The aim of the new online self-referral form is to enable patients to activate a referral of treatment without having to visit a GP.  

If you are considering physiotherapy as a treatment option for your current symptoms, we recommend first visiting the NHS Physiotherapy Page Here you will find some useful self-care advice which may assist you with your recovery without the need to see a physiotherapist. There are also self-care videos and information held within each of the available NHS contracted community physiotherapy providers. 

Please read the following criteria prior to completing the online form to ensure self-referral is the best option for you:

  • Patients who require emergency treatment (immediate, serious and life threatening)
  • Patients below the age of 18 must attend their appointment with a chaperone
  • You must be registered with an Eastern Cheshire Practice

•  Please consult NHS 111 or GP urgently if you have recently or suddenly developed difficulties passing urine or controlling bladder/bowels, numbness or tingling around your back passage or genitals, numbness/pins and needles or weakness in both legs

 It is important that you do not self-refer if you have any of the following conditions without consulting your GP first:

  • Changes in your bladder and bowel habits
  • A hot swollen joint
  • Constant severe pain and you are unable to find relief
  • Weakness, pins and needles, loss of feeling
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Neurological conditions
  • Post amputation (if specialist equipment not available)
  • Women’s health problems (except symphysis pubis dysfunction)
  • Patients in their own homes that do not meet the criteria for domiciliary care
  • Patients, requiring joint injections as part of palliative care
  • Patients who have undergone extensive, complicated surgery, as defined by the operating consultant for an orthopaedic or rheumatological condition which requires specialist intervention

Please also note:

  • You are unable to access this service within 6 months if it is for the same condition
  • The service offers advice/guidance/self-management support, an initial face to face assessment, and/or up to three treatment appointments as part of NHS funding


Click here to complete the online self-referral form