Patients treated in 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 therefore provides a clinic which aims to see patients 10-14 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, including soft tissue injuries and/or simple fractures to:

  • The spine
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Hands/fingers
  • Hips/pelvis
  • Knees
  • Ankles/feet 

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.

Clinic days



Great Western Hospital - Emergency Department, Ground Floor (please see Floor plan)


Tel: 01793 603046