Physiotherapy

Who is the service for?

We offer a variety of out-patient rehabilitation services:

The out-patient musculoskeletal service treats patients who are referred from their GP as well as hospital consultants.  Consultant referrals are most commonly from orthopaedics, rheumatology, pain medicine and A&E.  Patients with new injuries, such as sprains, strains and broken bones are commonly seen; as well patients with long standing conditions, such as back pain, arthritis and shoulder pain.

We also offer services for a range of other long term health conditions, which aim to improve condition management and maximise function. 

Outpatient respiratory service – for patients with long-standing chest problems, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and bronchiectasis.  The service accepts referrals from GPs and Pennine consultants.

Neurology outpatients – for patients with long-standing neurological conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.

Cardiac rehabilitation – for patients who have had recent heart surgery, for example coronary artery bypass grafting.

We also run an inpatient physiotherapy service, whereby patients are seen whilst in hospital to help them to regain their pre-illness levels of mobility.  This may be on the medical ward or on a special rehabilitation ward.  Patients with chest problems may also be seen by a respiratory physiotherapist to help them clear secretions from their chest.

What does the service provide?

The over-riding aim of the physiotherapy service is to maximise patients’ function and to help them manage their condition independently.  This will usually include provision of an individualised exercise programme and condition-specific advice.  Where appropriate, treatment may also include manual therapy (where the physiotherapist helps to mobilise joints or tissues) and provision of equipment, such as walking aids or nebulisers.

Who will patients meet?

When attending the physiotherapy department patients will initially meet a member of the reception team, who will arrange their appointments for them.  They will then be assessed and treated by their physiotherapist, sometimes with the assistance of a physiotherapy assistant.

When is the service available?

The out-patient service core hours are Monday-Friday from 8am until 4pm.  The inpatient service runs 8am-4pm Monday to Friday in addition to a more limited weekend service Saturday and Sunday.

Where is the service provided?

Physiotherapy services are provided at all four of the Trusts main hospital sites (North Manchester General Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital, Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary).  In addition, we operate satellite clinics in primary care centres and GP surgeries.  These are based at the Cornerstone Centre in Beswick and Radcliffe Primary Care Centre.

Department contact details

North Manchester General Hospital 0161 720 2423

Fairfield General Hospital 0161 778 3882

Royal Oldham Hospital 0161 627 8517

Rochdale Infirmary 01706 517316

Practical information

When attending an out-patient appointment, please wear clothes that allow easy access to the affected body part (for example, a vest top for shoulder pain or shorts for a knee problem).

Key staff/consultants

Mrs Angela Barrett

Physiotherapy Manager