Physio Direct is the convienient way to access NHS musculoskeletal physiotherapy for patients who have muscle or joint problems. The Physio Direct service is located within the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.
This service is for patients registered with GPs in the Hambleton and Richmondshire areas only. (Patients registered with the GP practice in Kirkby Malzeard cannot access this service).
You DO NOT need to see your GP before contacting Physio Direct however you are advised to read our patient information leaflet to ensure Physio Direct is the correct service to manage your problem.
Physio Direct offers two types of consultations both with experienced physiotherapy staff:
To access the Physio Direct service you can call 01609 763747 and register you referral with our administration team. Either a PhysioCall or PhysioContact appointment will be arranged for you when it is convenient. We will do our best to arrange your preferred type of consultation but this may depend on availability.
Please note our admin staff cannot:
Discuss the details of your problem
Give you advice on your problem
There are certain patients who cannot access Physio Direct and need a written referral from their GP or current consultant.
Patients who have communication difficulties and cannot communicate effectively over the telephone. This may be due to hearing problems or the need for an translator
Patients who require respiratory physiotherapy for breathing problems such as COPD
Patients who require neurological physiotherapy for neurological conditions such as parkinsons or multiple sclerosis
Patients under the age of 16
Patients who are currently under the care of a consultant for the same problem
Patients who are requesting a walking aid or an orthosis such as a splint