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.





0 responses to “Direct access to physiotherapy is a pain”

  1. Eloquent Lunacy

    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!

  2. Gary


    I take it they want you to exercise to avoid muscle wastage?

  3. 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.

  4. Gary

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

  5. Arse…this is what happens when you transfer from a local server….

  6. Sorted! Now, that’d of been an embarrassing mistake if it’d of been on purpose….

  7. Gary


  8. Talking of nasty breaks, seen this?

  9. That’s just SOOOO wrong on so many different levels.