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Referring to Acute Paediatric Physiotherapy

Referrals Guidance

Children’s Physiotherapy (PT) at Ipswich Hospital provides specialist assessments and interventions for children aged 0-16 years who have an identified or suspected musculoskeletal, or orthopaedic problem. We also offer physiotherapy to children and young people within the Rheumatology, Oncology, Respiratory and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome services at Ipswich Hospital.

Where do I send referrals to?

All referrals to the Acute Paediatric Physiotherapy Service must be made on the MSK referral form, and sent to the Single Point Of Access (SPOA), via Erefer.

If you do not have access to the Erefer system, then please complete the MSK referral and e-mail it securely to the SPOA via centraladmin@nhs.net.

Please note all MSK forms are available on both SystemOne and Map of Medicine and will shortly be available on the IESMSK website.

Who can refer?

Community and acute consultants, paediatricians, specialist doctors, GPs, school and community nurses, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy, health visitors.

Who do we see?

The Ipswich Hospital Acute Children’s Physiotherapy team manages the following conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Cystic Fibrosis/Respiratory conditions
  • Neonatal Congenital problems
  • Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (CTEV)
  • Torticollis
  • Developmental Dysplasia of Hip (DDH) – under the care of the Paediatric Orthopaedic Consultant
  • Positional Talipes
  • Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy (OBPP)
  • Oncology patients still undergoing active intervention
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Functional Pain Syndromes
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)

All referrals will be triaged and those that do not meet the service criteria will be redirected, sent advice leaflets or declined by the PT Service with advise for ongoing action.

Who don't we see?

Suffolk Community Healthcare’s Community Paediatric Physiotherapy services are available for children and young people with the following conditions:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Other syndromes
  • Developmental Delay
  • Pre-term infants/low birth weight
  • Birth incidents
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis / Oncology (community care elements only)

Additional information required to support the referral

Please comment on whether the family is expecting an appointment within the Paediatric Physiotherapy or Paediatric Orthopaedic service, within the Patient Expectation box on the MSK referral form.

Contact details

For any further advice regarding referrals to the Acute Paediatric Physiotherapy Service at Ipswich Hospital, please contact our main base on 01473 702185.

Alternatively, if you have any concerns about any of our services, please contact Ally Roberts, Professional Lead Physiotherapist (shared role) – Integrated Therapies on 01473 702267.