Welcome to the North Hampshire Physiotherapy and Podiatry Service at Alton Community Hospital
We offer assessment, advice, exercise and treatment to assist you with your musculoskeletal related conditions that may include problems with joints, soft tissue and muscles.
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We treat any musculoskeletal (MSK) joint or soft tissue problem using a range of physiotherapy techniques including manual therapy, exercise and acupuncture. This may include problems such as shoulder pain, hip pain, knee or foot pain including arthritis. We can also help with other joint problems such as frozen shoulder, muscle tears/strains/sprains (including ankle and knee sprains), and knees locking or giving way.
If you are required to see a podiatrist for a lower limb problem, they may prescribe you with orthotics (customised insoles) or in some instances may offer an injection.
The North Hampshire Physiotherapy and Podiatry service is a community based service for the patients and GPs in the North Hampshire area. We have an experienced, professional and knowledgeable team of physiotherapists and podiatrists who can offer a wide range of treatment and advice. We aim to help you gain a good understanding of your condition in order to help you manage it more effectively.
At Alton Community Hospital, we have modern and clean facilities that offer a welcoming environment for our patients. We take pride in the service we offer and our aim is to provide healthcare of the highest quality.
Please note that our service is not appropriate for children under the age of 16 years. Your GP or our staff will let you know if this is the case, and will if necessary, ensure that you are referred to an alternative service.
Please note: Our main clinic is in Basingstoke and you are not necessarily guaranteed an appointment at our clinic in Alton.
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How to refer into the service?
We work closely with the Musculoskeletal (MSK) Service run by Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust. Your GP will need to refer you to the MSK triage service where your referral will be viewed by a clinician and a decision made on how best to initiate your treatment. Following triage, you will be contacted to advise of the outcome.
In some instances you will be seen by the MSK Service before being referred to us but in others they will refer you directly to the North Hampshire Physiotherapy and Podiatry Service. This is because, based on the information provided by your GP, the triage clinician feels that physiotherapy and/or podiatry is the best option for you at this time.
How to book an appointment?
Once we have received the referral from the MSK Service our bookings team will attempt to contact you by telephone to book your appointment. If, after two attempts we have been unable to contact you, we will write to you informing you of your appointment date and time.
The choice of where you attend depends on your availability and how easy it is for you to get there but please note that appointments at our Alton clinic are limited and it is likely the initial appointment offered will be in Basingstoke.
At this time, we are unable to offer podiatry appointments at Alton Community Hospital and you will be offered an appointment at Crown Heights in Basingstoke.
Our physiotherapy clinics at Alton Community Hospital run on a Monday 8.30am – 12pm and on a Wednesday between 8.30am and 4.30pm.
How long will it take me to be seen?
Our aim is to see all patients within 10 days for urgent physiotherapy and podiatry referrals. For routine referrals we aim to see physiotherapy patients within 20 days and podiatry patients within 40 days. The urgency of your referral will be determined by the clinical information provided by your GP.
How do I cancel or change my appointment?
We appreciate that things come up but where possible, please provide us with 48 hours’ notice should you need to change or cancel your appointment. This notice will enable us to offer another patient the appointment. If you cancel two consecutive appointments, you will be discharged back to your GP. Once discharged, you will need to see your GP to discuss a new referral.
Should you fail to attend without prior notice, we will offer you one further appointment. Should this second appointment not be attended, you will be discharged back to your GP. Once discharged, you will need to see your GP to discuss a new referral.
If you cannot make the appointment, please contact us as soon as you can on 0845 058 4755 or email@example.com. Our lines are open 8am – 6.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8am – 5pm on a Friday.
What happens during my appointment?
Depending on your needs, what happens in the appointment may vary. Your clinician will be able to explain what will happen in more detail when you arrive.
We require your consent to carry out an assessment, which may involve a physical examination. During this time they will ask you questions relevant to your problem in order to gain a full picture of your condition.
An examination will take place in order to investigate problem areas, for example, posture, range of movement or muscle strength. For this examination you will be required to undress to some degree depending upon your problem. For example removal of a top for a shoulder problem and removal of trousers for a back or leg problem may be necessary. Please consider this and wear appropriate clothing for your appointment.
Bringing someone with you
You are welcome to have someone with you at your appointment. Sometimes our staff may also request to have someone present for an appointment. If you or the member of staff is uncomfortable with the person, we’ll reschedule to a later date when the correct person is available.
How long will my appointment take?
Most initial assessments are booked for 30 – 40 minutes. Should you have more than one problem, this may be longer but you will be advised at the time of booking.
Follow up appointments are generally 20 – 30 minutes depending on your needs.
We do ask that patients arrive 10 minutes to their appointment time where possible.
How does the service work?
Once you have received your appointment, please read the letter as it contains some useful information that you need to know before attending. There will also be a questionnaire that you need to complete prior to your appointment. This will aid the clinician with your assessment.
On attending our clinic, you will be greeted by a receptionist and asked to take a seat ready for your clinician to call you.
Parking is free at Alton Community Hospital. You will find our clinic in the outpatients department. Please report to the outpatients reception on arrival. If you arrive at the main hospital reception, please advise them you are looking for outpatients and Virgin Care physiotherapy.
People with special needs and additional information guides
We have access to language and sign interpreters which need to be booked in advance. Please let us know if you require this service.
We also provide all our leaflets in other languages and formats. Please speak to a team member if this would be helpful.
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