About your appointment
Your first physiotherapy appointment will be up to 45 minutes long, and up to 30 minutes for any further follow up appointment. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your pain and general health on arrival before seeing a physiotherapist for your initial assessment. There will be time for you to explain your problem fully before a physical examination takes place.
To be able to assess you it might be necessary to ask you to remove your top or trousers. You might therefore feel more comfortable if you wear (or bring with you) a vest top or shorts. You have the right to request a chaperone to be present during your physiotherapy appointment and we would happy to provide this for you if required. You also have the right to request a male or female clinician if you would prefer. We will ask for your consent before completing our assessment and you have the right to decline any parts of your assessment. We often work in cubicles separated by curtains.
We are able to organise interpreters for a several different languages upon request, dependant on availability.
All of our physiotherapists are registered members of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We support the teaching of student physiotherapists therefore you may be assessed by a student who is under the guidance of a senior staff member.
Hydrotherapy (Service only available in Portsmouth)
Your first hydrotherapy appointment will usually be between 15-30 minutes, and up to 30 minutes for any further follow up appointment. You are expected to arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time.
Please bring a swimming costume and towel to every treatment and, if you wish, a swimming cap may be worn in the pool. Please note we are unable to provide any swimwear for patients. Body soap is provided to use before and after your treatment, but please feel free to bring any of your own specific soaps to use if you prefer.
Your first assessment with be one to one with a physiotherapist to create an exercise programme, however there maybe other people in the pool exercising with another physiotherapist. Your following appointments may not be one to one, but will still be supervised.
You have the right to request a chaperone to be present during your appointment, and we will ask for your consent before completing our assessment and you have the right to decline any parts of your assessment. Further information can be found here
All Hydrotherapy physiotherapists are trained to a minimal competency level that reflects the national training recommendations
For further information regarding your appointment please read our Hydrotherapy Information sheet