Orthopaedic Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (OCATS) in Warrington – What you can expect at your first appointment?

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The first appointment will last approximately 45 minutes.

You will be asked to confirm your details and will be asked permission for record sharing between our service and your GP (or the health professional who referred you).

You will be asked questions about the nature of the problem and questions about your general health.

Please remember to bring a list of your current prescribed medication.

Following the questions the physiotherapist will examine the problem area and associated areas.

As it is usually necessary to undress the affected part please be prepared by bringing shorts and T-shirt if necessary.

Please inform us as soon as possible if you would like a chaperone or physiotherapist of the same gender.

Please inform us if you require an interpreter.

Following assessment a clinical diagnosis or working diagnosis will be made and you will be informed of this along with the choices of management. Find out what services we offer.

If further physiotherapy treatment is indicated then follow up appointments will be made with you.

Some patients are taught how to self-manage their condition and do not require follow up.

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