NHS referrals are made in accordance with local policy (South East London Treatment Access Policy 2011). Specific treatments are subject to scrutiny and may only be available in exceptional circumstances.
Referrals to some specialties are made via the Patient Referral Centre. These referrals are reviewed by a clinician with specialist knowledge who will direct the referral. In the case of Dermatology or Gynaecology this may be to a community clinic rather than the hospital.
Referrals traditionally referred to Physiotherapy, Orthopaedics, and Rheumatology Departments are now made via the Bromley Musculoskeletal Pathway. Referrals are scrutinised by a clinician and directed to an appropriate service. For example, patients expecting to see an orthopaedic surgeon may be seen by a physiotherapist first, normally at the Crystal Palace Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, and then by an orthopaedic surgeon if the problem persists.
Physiotherapy Self Management
For common conditions dealt with by physiotherapists Crystal Palace Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre have kindly provided some fact sheets to help patients understand and manage their condition until such time as they will be seen.
OsteoArthritis Knee – OsteoArthritis Knee
Plantir Fasciitis – Plantar fasciitis
Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy – Rotator cuff Tendinopathy
Repetitive Strain Injury & Non-specific Upper Limb Pain – RS Injury & NSULP
Tennis Elbow – Tennis Elbow
Trigger Finger – Trigger Finger
Trochanteric Bursitis – Trochanteric bursitis
Whiplash Associated Disorder – Whiplash Associated Disorder