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Help! Waiting for referral to physio - how'd I go private?

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MandaHugNKiss Fri 10-Jun-11 15:52:26

Well, when I say 'I', I mean DMiL.

She has been off work for some time with excrutiating shoulder pain. An xray and scan later and it appears as if her tendon is frayed and hanging on 'by a thread'. Dr has said it's highly likely she's going to need surgery but that protocol now is that first she has to be referred to physio who will then say 'this isn't appropriate treatment for her' and then she'll be referred to a surgeon.

She's just been told she will wait at least 11 weeks before she even gets an appointment for physio. She literally cannot do anything because of the pain and is worrying herself silly as her sickness package at work is pretty appalling so she's concerned about moving onto long-term ssp and what that means to their household budget.

How would we go about getting her seen quickly by a physio? I'm assuming it would mean going privately, but just don't have a clue where to start...

Any help/pointers/experiences? Thanks in advance.

CMOTdibbler Fri 10-Jun-11 15:55:37

She can just ask the gp to write her a referral letter to the physio of her choice. There are some that practice independantly (our local one rents an office from the gp surgery) or at the local private hospital.

mattellie Fri 10-Jun-11 17:14:53

Google Physio First, there’s a facility for typing in the area of the country in which you live and it will then bring up a list of private physios in your area together with what injuries/conditions they specialise along with their contact details. Make sure they are chartered (anyone can call themselves a physio).

Your DMil should get seen with 1-2 days and expect to pay about £40 for an initial consultation. HTH

catsareevil Fri 10-Jun-11 17:23:35

I was able to self refer to a local one - I knew about them because they rented a room in my GP surgery. It cost £35 for the initial assessment.

MandaHugNKiss Fri 10-Jun-11 17:56:11

Thanks so much for your advice - she now has an appointment that isn't 11 weeks away! It's costing £45, but that's a small outlay to stop her tears (for now!) smile

CMOTdibbler Fri 10-Jun-11 20:05:25

Good to hear you've got it sorted. My physio has been brilliant in my arm saga, and has really helped with pain control too

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