Looking after yourself
We understand how aches and pains in your joints, muscles and bones can cause frustration and worry impacting your daily activities. These can be treated by yourself, in your own home in most cases. We encourage patients to take advantage of the advice, information and exercises available on the Dorset Musculoskeletal Matters website*, which local clinicians support. For more information about looking after yourself, please follow this link:>>
* Please note this information is suitable for adults only. Information on physiotherapy services for children and young people can be found on the NHS University Hospitals Dorset website here:>>
Health professional referral
For patients unable to attend the local hospital, help in the form of treatment or equipment can be given at home. A referral may be made via your doctor or by other primary health care team members.
If you think you need physiotherapy, you may choose to fill out a self-referral form. Please note that referrals are prioritised according to need, and waiting times for routine cases may apply. For more information about Physiotherapy Outpatient departments' approximate wait times, please follow this link:>>
There is a range of equipment designed to help people with daily living tasks and to remain independent in their own homes. Information on equipment and mobility is available on the Dorset Council website by following this link:>>
The British Red Cross operates a medical loan service and is able to offer the loan of wheelchairs, commodes, raised toilet seats, back rests, walking frames, crutches, bath seats and stools. There is a weekly charge for the loan of the items. These are available to book online at the British Red Cross website or contact the Poole British Red Cross office on 01202 699453.
Dorset Wheelchair Service provides mobility equipment to residents of all ages who have a GP in Dorset and have a long term need for a wheelchair to increase their mobility and independence.
Every client is assessed individually by the service or an accredited professional according to the eligibility criteria. An individual will be supplied with a wheelchair/buggy from within the NHS approved range where appropriate.
If an eligible client chooses to purchase outside of the approved NHS range, there is a voucher scheme whereby clients can top up the funding approved by the service.
Chairs are adapted if necessary to meet an individual's specific needs, and appropriate seating is prescribed and provided. This particularly applies to children, whose equipment must allow for growth and individual postural needs.
Visit the Dorset HealthCare University webpage on the Dorset Wheelchair Service by following this link:>>
In addition you might want to consider contacting the Purbeck Mobility Centre in Wareham. Information is available on their website here:>>