Due to the Health Boards response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made a number of changes to the physiotherapy service to ensure that we support patients who have the greatest clinical need in a safe way for all our patients, visitors and staff.
We suspended all face to face outpatient physiotherapy services from Monday 23rd March 2020, since then we have provided telephone and video appointments and advice. The staff have also been working in the background to update our website so there is more information on how you can manage your symptoms at home, some exercise programmes that you can follow, advice on when you need to seek further help or have concerns and links to useful information.
We are currently working through the processes that have been put in place by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, that we have to follow to get our face to face services up and running again. This includes completing a risk assessment on all of the areas where we provide clinics to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our patients, visitors and staff. Initially, due to social distancing requirements, our capacity will be reduced as we will be limited to the amount of patients we can have arriving and leaving at the same time, and also by the amount of space in the departments.
Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function, movement and maximising the potential of individuals.
It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking into account variations in health status
It is science based, committed to extending, applying and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery
It is an autonomous profession (practitioners make their own clinical judgements and treatment choices)
In particular, physiotherapists treat neurological (brain and nervous system), musculoskeletal (soft tissues, joints and bones), cardiovascular and respiratory (heart and lungs and associated physiology) symptoms.