How do I make an appointment to see a Chartered Physiotherapist at the practice?
Phone 07904854697 / 07737610615 (Deephysio) OR E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and make an appointment. We are very pleased to receive referrals from Doctors but you do not need to see a Doctor before seeing the physiotherapist.
I have private medical insurance, can I use it?
In many cases private medical insurance will cover the cost of your physiotherapy treatment. All the physiotherapists at Grantham Physiotherapy Pratice are registered with the major insurance companies. Before making an appointment telephone your insurance companies’ helpline so that they can explain any referral procedure they expect you to follow. If you are able to supply us with your insurance companies’ details we will bill them directly. Please remember that the final responsibility for payment remains with you.
How do I pay?
If, like many of our patients, you do not have private medical insurance, we accept cash, bank transfer. Unless you have insurance in place we ask you to pay for treatment after each appointment.
How long should I wait before I make an appointment?
The body is wonderful at self repair. If you feel that your problem is not resolving on its own, or is very slow at getting better, a visit to a physiotherapist may help. Early treatment and good advice can often mean a quicker recovery with less time off work.
What sort of treatments do Chartered Physiotherapists use?
Chartered Physiotherapists use a wide range of skills including manipulation, mobilisation, deep massage and exercises, often aided by the use of sophisticated electronic and electrical apparatus – all designed to help in restoring function, the relief of pain and to promote healing. Preventative measures are very important in physiotherapy. The Physiotherapist will spend time teaching you how to avoid recurrence your problem. Your treatment will be planned taking into account the findings of our examination and your needs
Do I have to be referred by a doctor?
No, not necessarily. You may consult a Chartered Physiotherapist without a doctor’s referral, but contact will usually be maintained between your GP and Physiotherapist. Chartered Physiotherapists work in close co-operation with GP’s in much the same way as Consultants do, and this relationship is for the ultimate benefit of you, the patient.
How does a Chartered Physiotherapist decide the best form of treatment?
Physiotherapists undertake a thorough assessment of each problem. Firstly, the physiotherapist will ask questions to get an accurate picture of the problem. You will be asked to answer questions about your general health, previous occurances, medicine taken, and lifestyle, as well as the problem you are consulting us for. Before any treatment can be given you will be examined thoroughly so the physiotherapist can make a working diagnosis. After a full consultation with you the Physiotherapist will decide on the best form of treatment.
As well as relieving pain and getting the body working again, an important part of physiotherapy treatment is to teach you how to take care of their own body, so you may be given exercises and stretches to do at home.
Once the problem has been relieved the physiotherapist can then advise you on the best ways to prevent further problems.
How do I know if a Chartered Physiotherapist is fully trained and has a recognized qualification?
‘Physiotherapist’ is now a protected title which means that anyone using the title who is not a physiotherapist is breaking the law. If the person treating you is a physiotherapist you can check their registration with the regulator of the health professions, the Health Professions Council, at www.hpc-uk.org. Only members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, (known as ‘Chartered Physiotherapists’) have the designatory letters ‘MCSP’ or ‘FCSP’ after their name.
24 hours notice is required if you wish to cancel or change an appointment and avoid a cancellation fee.