Physiotherapy - Emergency Department

Patients admitted to the Emergency Department will often have injuries where their joints and muscles are too swollen and painful to diagnose accurately.

The Emergency Department Physiotherapy Service provides a clinic which sees patients 10 days later, when their symptoms have reduced and musculoskeletal experts can conduct a more thorough assessment.

The department provides specialist assessment, advice, reassurance and appropriate exercises as needed for patients with joint and muscle injuries.

Injuries seen by the team will often include:

  • Soft tissue injuries to the:
    • The spine
    • Shoulders
    • Elbows
    • Hips
    • Knees
    • Ankles
    • Hands
  • Simple fractures to:
    • Elbows
    • Fingers
    • Ankles
    • Knees

The physiotherapist can refer patients to orthopaedic clinics, request an x-ray and refer a patient for further physiotherapy - either at the Great Western Hospital or to one of other centres (e.g. Chippenham Community Hospital) as appropriate.

The clinic runs Monday-Friday.

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