82. Physiotherapy.jpgThe Adult Outpatient Physiotherapy Service provides a musculoskeletal service to large parts of Central Cheshire.

The Service primarily treats adults, but will accept referrals for children where the primary problem is a musculoskeletal disorder, e.g. knee pain. 

Aims of service

The service aims to provide specialist assessment of patients with a wide range of joint and muscular related problems in a range of venues to provide local care to patients.

This includes an assessment to identify the cause of the problem and to implement an agreed care programme with patients.

The Physiotherapist will provide specialist physiotherapy treatment where indicated, and provide all patients with expert advice on the ongoing self-management of their condition.

Where indicated, patients will be referred onto specialist rehabilitation classes, Advanced Clinical Specialists or Extended Scope Practitioners to ensure a comprehensive package of assessment and treatment within the Physiotherapy service.

The service provides rehabilitation to improve the outcome following surgery e.g. knee joint replacement or trauma e.g. fractures.

The Service has a wide mix of staff grades, including Physiotherapists, Advanced Clinical Specialists, Physiotherapy Extended Scope Practitioners and Therapy Assistants.

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Treatments / approaches used:

  • Individualised tailored exercise programmes with patient centred objectives

  • Tailored self-management strategies for chronic conditions including osteoarthritis and lower back pain linking with local community resources

  • Soft tissue manual therapy

  • Joint mobilisation / manipulation

  • Electrotherapy

  • Acupuncture (Only for pain and not as primary reason for referral)

  • Biomechanical Assessment

  • Hydrotherapy (As part of a rehabilitation programme)

  • Gym Classes

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation

  • Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle pain assessment & management

  • Continence assessment/treatment

  • Back Education Classes

  • Pilates Classes

  • Post-operative protocol based rehabilitation

  • Higher level rehabilitation for sports injuries

N.B. not all treatments are available at all clinics 

The core service hours are 8.00am – 5.00pm. Additionally, many clinics offer early and evening appointments.

  • Physiotherapist

  • Physiotherapy Clinical Specialist

  • Physiotherapy Advanced Clinical Specialist

  • Physiotherapy Extended Scope Practitioners

  • Physiotherapy Assistant

  • Physiotherapy Student

Directions to the different clinics can be provided on request when an appointment is made 


  • Northwich - Victoria Infirmary, Weaverham Clinic
  • Sandbach - Ashfield’s Primary Care Centre
  • Winsford - Dene Drive Primary Care Centre / Wharton Primary Healthcare Centre
  • Crewe - Eaglebridge Health and Wellbeing Centre / Hungerford Medical Centre,
    Leighton Hospital, Rope Green Medical Centre, Shavington
  • Barton - Oakwood Medical Centre
  • Nantwich - Church View Primary Care Centre / Wrenbury Medical Centre
  • Alsager - Alsager Primary Care Centre
  • Middlewich - Middlewich Salinae, Middlewich

What should I bring to my appointment?

  • Your appointment letter or card
  • A pair of shorts for assessment of leg and foot
  • Vest top for assessment of back / shoulders / neck
  • A list of medication you are taking

Can my child attend alone?

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What does the Physiotherapist need to know?

Please inform the physiotherapist when you arrive if you have an electrical implant e.g. pacemaker or if you may by pregnant.

What happens at my first appointment?

  • On your arrival please report to the Physiotherapy Department / Reception.
  • You will then be assessed by a physiotherapist.
  • A treatment plan will be discussed and agreed with you.
  • The physiotherapist will only treat the condition you have been referred with.
  • The initial visit may take 45 minutes
  • Your first visit may not involve any treatment.

How will my follow up appointment be arranged?

If you need further appointments, a mutually convenient appointment time is usually arranged between you and your physiotherapist. You may be seen by a different therapist.

What do I do if I cannot attend my appointment?

If you are unable to attend for your appointment, you must contact the Therapy Booking Centre on 01270 278310 as soon as possible to cancel your appointment.

What happens if I do not attend my appointment?

If you fail to attend without advising us you may be discharged and your doctor informed.

How long will my treatment session last?

Patients will have a treatment time of approximately 20-30 minutes but this does vary depending on the type of treatment used.

Please arrive on time. If you arrive late, it may not be possible for you to be seen as other patients will have been booked in.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

This varies from patient to patient and depends on your condition. Some patients may only need to attend once. If you are not making progress with treatment, further options will be discussed and you may be referred back to your GP or Consultant. A letter is sent to you GP or consultant when your treatment is complete.

All queries relating to appointment bookings should be made to the Therapy Booking Centre 01270 278310.

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