Direct access to physiotherapy is a pain

As I’ve mentioned, my hands have gone to hell over the last few weeks and my doctor reckons it’s carpal tunnel syndrome – so I’ve been referred to physiotherapy (although as far as I can see, physiotherapy is completely useless in cases of CTS. But I digress). I don’t know what the system’s like in other parts of the country, but round here we have direct access to physio: if we want an appointment we just phone the physios directly. Excellent!

In theory, anyway.

I called last week, only to discover that you can’t call in the afternoons. I called the next day, and got an answering machine. The leaflet tells you that you’ll get an answering machine and that you should leave a message, but this particular answering machine won’t let you leave a message because the staff are too busy. Instead, it suggests you call back the next day – which I do, and this time I get a different answering machine. This time I can leave a message, and somebody will phone me back within two working days.

That was three working days ago.

This access to physio may be all kinds of things, but “direct” it ain’t.

9 replies on “Direct access to physiotherapy is a pain”

Welcome to my world, mate. I’m in cabbage cruncher territory, namely Lincolnshire, and physio is nigh on impossible to arrange. I got booted out of Boston hospital (known in these parts as The Killing Fields) at the start of January with a blurry photocopied sheet demonstrating five indistinct exercises.

I feel somewhat unsure that this is relevant “aftercare” for a snapped femur!

Bit late in the day, really! My legs are starting to look like the worms you see in a deep sea trench.

Apparently, when my right leg becomes weight bearing again, they may put me into “intensive physio”, which sounds a little too pain inducing for me. I’d of been happy with just plain physio.

For a guide as to just how much imapct it takes to snap your thigh bone, go have a look at my (very early stages) blog. The photograph will make your scrotum lift.

I think your blog wants to save me the shock – the photo address starts with localhost :)

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