Musculoskeletal
(physiotherapy)

Physiotherapists provide a wide range of services for all kinds of joint, muscle and ligament associated pain, sports injury rehabilitation, and women’s health physiotherapy advice and treatment.

You can now refer yourself to a local NHS physiotherapy service without getting a GP appointment first, if you are registered with a GP surgery located in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire West.

Self referral applies to anyone age 16 and over. If you are under age 16, contact your GP for a referral to physiotherapy services.

Please select your location from list below, which will take you to a map with NHS Physiotherapy providers and their clinic locations. Select your preferred provider/ clinic to proceed with your self-referrals.

  • Berkshire West
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire

Self referral criteria

To ensure self-referral is the best option for you, the self referral service will NOT see:

  • Anyone needing emergency treatment (serious and life threatening health situations). Please consult NHS 111 or your GP. 
  • Anyone in their own homes (i.e. are housebound in the short or long term).
  • anyone with respiratory conditions.
  • Anyone with neurological conditions.
  • Anyone needing post amputation services (requires a specialist referral) 
  • Anyone under 16 years old.

Consult your GP or NHS 111 urgently if you have recently or suddenly developed any of the following:

  • Difficulty passing urine or controlling bladder/bowels
  • Numbness or tingling around the back passage or genitals
  • Numbness, pins and needles or weakness in both legs.

Discuss with your GP before submitting a referral if you:

  • Are feeling generally unwell or have a fever
  • Have any unexplained weight loss
  • Have a history of cancer
  • Have recently become unsteady on your feet.

Your physiotherapy appointment

Common conditions

The NHS is committed to giving patients greater choice and control over how they receive their healthcare and is working hard to improve opportunities for patients to make informed choices about their care that best suit their needs and circumstances. View the NHS choice constitution document here

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