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Women’s Health Advice Group

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What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy involves the assessment and treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, nerves and other structures in order to restore normal movement. As Women’s Health specialist physiotherapists, we aim to achieve the best possible outcome for you by providing evidence based specific treatment and advice.

About your physiotherapy appointment:
• Please report to the physiotherapy reception (access via the main entrance opposite the multi-storey carpark)
• Your first appointment will be approximately 60 minutes.
• Please arrive 5 mins early to complete all paperwork
• The Women’s Health Advice group is an informal setting of up to 6 women with similar symptoms – no personal information is shared.
• No children or family members are allowed to attend the group due to data protection issues.
• A follow up appointment will last up to 45 mins and will be scheduled for 4-6 weeks following the group and may involve a vaginal examination with your consent.
• Any subsequent appointments that are needed will be up to 30 mins.

Please inform our reception team if you have hearing difficulties or difficulty understanding English.

If you require a chaperone, please inform the department prior to your appointment.

The Women’s Health Advice Group
The group is a relaxed and informal talk; we will not expect you to share any personal information, but you are free to ask questions if you wish. We have had excellent feedback from these talks – 95% of those attending found it ‘very relevant’, and 85% would recommend it to their friends! You will learn about the causes of the symptoms you may have, as well as basic anatomy. Pelvic floor exercises and lifestyle changes will be suggested.

We will also discuss the 1:1 appointment at this group.

• If you cannot attend an appointment please give 24 – 48 hours’ notice, so that we can allocate the appointment to another patient.
• If you do not attend, without giving notice, you may be discharged back to your referring Doctor.

Discharge
When your course of treatment is complete, your physiotherapist will advise you on self-management of your condition or whether further tests or investigations may be helpful. We will refer you for these as needed. A letter will be sent to your referring doctor outlining your treatment and outcome. You will also receive a copy of any correspondence.

What should I bring?
• Any correspondence relating to your current condition such as clinic appointments or letters regarding previous treatments.
• A list of current medications.
• Money for parking if you will be driving to your appointment, please allow plenty of time to find a parking space.

Additional Information
Achieving the best possible outcome depends on many factors including:
– Following the advice of your physiotherapist and attending your appointments at the times required.
– Being consistent with your home exercise programme.

Research has shown that to achieve optimal physical function, all aspects of health must be addressed including:
– Achieving your ideal weight.
– Taking part in regular and appropriate exercise.
– Reducing excessive stress and stopping smoking both of which can have negative impact on the structures of the body that allow us to move.

How to find us
When entering the hospital grounds turn left towards the Main Reception. The multistorey car park is then on your left, you can park on the ground and first floor. Please note parking is on a pay as you leave basis. The Main Reception for the hospital is opposite the multi-storey car park. Physiotherapy is located through the doorway to the left of the reception desk in Yellow Zone.

Contact Information
Physiotherapy Department
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Standing Way
Eaglestone
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK6 5LD
Telephone: 01908 995432

Who will have access to my records?
Any information that you give will be treated in strict confidence. Your physiotherapist may allow other health professionals access to your records when it is of benefit to you. Your personal details are stored on the physiotherapy computer database. Information is only released to others not involved in your care (e.g. solicitor, employer, etc) with your written consent.

Patient Experience Team
If you have any comments, compliments or suggestions with regard to your treatment experience, please contact the patient experience team: Telephone: 01908 995954. Email: [email protected]