Musculoskeletal physiotherapy service

As of 20th March 2020 we are operating all New Physiotherapy patient assessments as a telephone appointment. If you already have a face to face new patient appointment or a face to face follow up appointment, you can still attend providing you can answer NO to the following questions,

  • In the past 14 days have you travelled abroad?
  • Have you had contact with a known case of Covid-19?
  • Have you worked in or visited a healthcare setting in any country abroad?
  • Do you currently have a cough?
  • Do you currently have a temperature?
  • Are you currently suffering from shortness of breath?

Alternatively you can change your face to face appointment to a telephone assessment by ringing 0161 778 3882 or Rochdale physio telephone number 0170 651 7316 

This offer of a face to face appointment is subject to change depending on Government and Trust guidance and may change daily.

You will find links to exercises for specific conditions, located in the right hand corner of the webpage. You will also find more information relating to on the following links:

During this period we would like to highlight that it is important to keep as active as you can for both your physical and mental wellbeing. Please find listed below links for keeping generally active:

Who is the service for?

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, fibromyalgia, arthritis and shoulder pain.

What does the service provide?

Patients will undergo a thorough assessment and be given an accurate diagnosis.  Patients will then be advised as to the best way to improve their symptoms and return to their normal activities.  This will usually involve a structured exercise programme and may include other treatments where appropriate. Patients who have had surgery or lower-limb injuries may be referred to specialist rehabilitation groups to help them return to sporting activities.

We also offer specialist pain management programmes for patients with long-standing pain conditions.  These aim to help people understand the causes of their pain, help them return to their normal activities and manage their condition independently in the long term. 

Your physiotherapy assessment will include health screening questions. From this you may be offered a referral to local community services to help support your general health and wellbeing. The Bury ‘Live Well’ service encourages and supports self-referrals. Please click on the link for more information and to make a referral -

Who will patients meet while under your department/service’s care?

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 or physiotherapy student.

When is the service available?

The out-patient musculoskeletal service runs Monday-Friday from 8am until 4pm. 

Where is the service provided?

Community musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinics are run at the Tameside and Radcliffe Primary Care Centres.  In addition, clinics are run in the physiotherapy outpatient department at Fairfield General Hospital. 

Department Contact details:                 

Fairfield General Hospital

Bury and Rochdale Old Road



Tel: 0161 788 3882

Radcliffe Primary Care Centre

Wave Suite

Radcliffe Primary Care Centre

69 New Church Street



M26 2SP

Townside Primary Care Centre 

Knowsley Place

Knwosley Street



All appointments are made via the Fairfield General Hospital department

Useful links

My Health My Community

Free exercise videos to suit different personal circumstances that will help with a wide range of conditions.


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                              

Angela Barrett, Assistant Director of Allied Health Professionals

Lindsay Morrison, Bury and Rochdale Musculoskeletal lead