Physiotherapy Services in Rheumatology

The Rheumatology Department at Royal Cornwall Hospital has Specialist Rheumatology Physiotherapists who have expert training in caring for people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.

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Physiotherapy at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust

The Physiotherapy Service at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust offers a broad range of treatments to Inpatients and Outpatients, including general rehabilitation, exercise therapy, manual therapy, hydrotherapy and general advice and education.

The physiotherapists work with all the various specialties in the Trust and provide rehabilitation for a large variety of patients, some with complex conditions.

The outpatient physiotherapy service treats patients who may have been referred by their GP or by their consultant following inpatient treatment.

Physiotherapists are based at all RCHT hospital sites and can be contacted on the following telephone numbers:

  • Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro:  01872 252601/2885
  • West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance:  01736 874185
  • St Michael’s Hospital, Hayle:  01736 758846
  • Marie Therese House, Hayle:  01736 758890

For more information on the service please see:

For more information on hydrotherapy, please visit:  Here you will also find exercises you can undertake yourself, in your most local facility.


Physiotherapy Services in the Community

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides outpatient physiotherapy services at 11 hospitals across the county. You can be referred by your GP to these services or you can self refer.

This service offers:

  • Manual therapy, acupuncture and electrotherapy
  • Manipulation
  • Hydrocortisone injection therapy

Musculoskeletal Interface Service

The Musculoskeletal Interface Service is a countywide service for patients with hip, knee and shoulder conditions.

The Service is suitable for patients where there is a diagnostic uncertainty or where the patient is not ready, willing or able to undergo surgery. The Musculoskeletal Interface Service is staffed by Orthopaedic Specialist Physiotherapists and GP’s with Special Interest (GPwSI). They carry out:

  • assessment
  • diagnosis
  • relevant investigations
  • soft tissue and joint injections
  • knee bracing
  • tailored exercise programmes and self management plans.

They work closely with the Orthopaedic Surgeons to ensure that when a patient is referred to them, all of the relevant information is provided and the patient is fully aware of the next steps in the process. All referrals are reviewed by a clinician when they are received by the Service and some are sent straight on to see an Orthopaedic Surgeon without waiting to see an Interface clinician.

Clinics are held throughout Cornwall and patients are offered an appointment in a location of their choice within 4 weeks of being referred by their GP. The MSK Interface Service also provides specialist Occupational Therapy intervention for both home assessment and specialist bracing.

Please call 01209 318095 for further information or e-mail or go to:

Please see your GP if you would like to be referred to the Musculoskeletal Interface Service.