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The Grange Medical Centre

  • Highfield Road, Hemsworth, Pontefract, WF9 4DP
  • 01924 792079Only call this number if you have been referred by your GP
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Important information

Help us keep waiting times low by coming to your appointment on time or giving us 48 hours' notice by calling us on the number shown above if you need to cancel. If you miss your appointment or do not give sufficient notice you may be discharged from the service.

Clinic Days

  • Friday
Services

Practice based physiotherapy

Physiotherapy for MSK conditions involves the assessment and treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, spinal discs, nerves and other structures to keep you moving.

It covers a number of different techniques including manipulation and mobilisation, massage, hydrotherapy, exercise programmes, electrotherapy, and in some cases acupuncture.

Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (CATS)

Our Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (CATS) is designed for people for whom physiotherapy is not appropriate. This could be for a number of reasons; it could be that their physiotherapy treatment has not been successful, or that their diagnosis is unclear and they need further, more specialist intervention. The CATS service can also order diagnostic tests, such as MRI scans or X-rays if appropriate.

Pain service

Our community pain teams are made up of medical consultants, specialist physiotherapists, clinical psychologists and nurse specialists. Everyone specialises in chronic pain and works closely as a team to support people struggling to live with this.

Unfortunately it is not always possible to cure pain but our team will help you find ways to manage your pain and lead a better quality of life. They can help you start doing more of what matters to you without making the pain worse and to manage flare ups. The team can also support you with the emotional impact of living with pain.

Clinicians

Senior Physiotherapist

Physiotherapy is defined as “the profession that is designed to optimise human movement, performance and function”. Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability to keep moving through exercise, movement, manual therapy, education and advice. A Senior Physiotherapist will have practiced for a number of years, completed a degree in Physiotherapy and also met standards set out under British law and regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Senior physiotherapists specialise in disorders of the musculoskeletal system. They have developed the skills required to design your exercise programme, offer appropriate manual therapy and in some cases, electrotherapy or acupuncture may be offered.

Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapists (APPs)

Advanced practitioner Physiotherapists (APPs) are Physiotherapists working at a high level of expertise who have advanced knowledge and skills in specialised clinical areas. Advanced practitioners in addition to Physiotherapists could include other professions such as Podiatrists, Occupational Therapists (OT) working in advanced practice roles with advanced knowledge and skills in their specialist area. To achieve this, an Advanced Practitioner must undergo advanced post graduate training and qualifications thorough universities and work based learning beyond their basic undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy.  Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapists, OTs and Podiatrists will work to standards as set out in British law and regulated by the Health Care & Professions Council (HCPC).

APPs specialise in a number of treatments, including:

  • Advanced rehabilitation
  • Injection therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapies
  • Prescribing medicines to treat MSK conditions

Knowledge on referrals for surgery, advanced complex medical conditions and post-surgery

Orthopaedic Surgeon

An Orthopaedic Surgeon is a surgeon who has been educated and trained in the diagnosis and pre-operative, operative, and post-operative treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopaedic surgeons treat a number of conditions that affect the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. They also play a pivotal role in coordinating additional care such as physiotherapy and rehabilitation programs to ensure any treatment plan is as effective as possible.

Some treatments offered by orthopaedic surgeons include:

  • Joint replacements
  • Surgical fusion of a joint
  • Keyhole surgery to remove bone and cartilage debris
  • Fixing of fractures resulting from injury or osteoporosis
  • Repairs or reconstructions to tendons or ligaments.

Pain Consultant

A Pain Consultant is a medically qualified doctor with specialist training in long-term pain management. They have in-depth knowledge of the variety and forms of pain and its physiology. They can assess patients with complex pain problems, diagnose painful conditions and have the skills to perform a range of pain procedures. They also play a pivotal role in coordinating additional care such as physiotherapy and rehabilitation programs to ensure any treatment plan is as effective as possible.

There are a number of different ways in which your Pain Consultant can help you to manage your pain. While it’s not always possible to completely eliminate pain, you will be advised on specific treatment and pain management plans that can help you regain control and enhance your quality of life. Any medication or injections will aim to moderate your pain to a point where you can be more active.

The range of treatments that may be considered includes:

  • Medication
  • Injections (depending on location of pain and likelihood of response)
  • TENS
  • Specialist pain management physiotherapy
  • Pain Management Psychology
  • Pain Management Programme
FAQs

What does ‘musculoskeletal’ mean?

The term ‘musculoskeletal’ (often shortened to MSK) refers to the body’s joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and any other structures that support the limbs, neck and back. You have been referred to the service because of an injury to one of these areas.

Why have I been referred to Connect and not the NHS?

In your area, Connect has been contracted to provide the MSK service. on behalf of the NHS. It is an NHS service, completely free at the point of entry like all NHS services. Our service brings together a range of specialist MSK clinicians to assess, diagnose and manage your condition within your local community.

What should I expect from my appointment?

Depending on your condition, your first appointment may be a scheduled telephone consultation with a physiotherapist or a face to face appointment. At the initial appointment you will be asked questions regarding your symptoms, activities, work, previous medical history etc.
If this is over the phone you may then be booked to see a physiotherapist, an osteopath, or a clinician with specialist orthopaedic or pain expertise.  This is to complete the assessment and decide on the best management plan for you.
Your treatment plan will be discussed with you and may include a variety of  treatment options, to help you to return to your usual activities. Your treatment plan will also include advice and specific exercises to help you to self-manage your condition.

What if I have special requirements?

If you require any assistance with special requirements (e.g. a translator or patient literature in different languages or formats) please contact the service using the number on your appointment letter to discuss your needs.

What should I wear?

During your assessment you might be required to carry out a number of movements to determine the cause of your pain. Therefore we recommend you wear suitable loose fitting clothing, such as t-shirt, shorts, jogging bottoms and underwear that you are comfortable being assessed in.

What if I can’t attend?

If you need to change or cancel your appointment please call the number on your letter at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. If you do not attend your appointment without notifying us in advance you may be discharged from this service.
If you are late for your appointment, it may be rescheduled for another time.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Please bring to the appointment any recent prescriptions and/or a list of current medications.

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