Research Article

Access by general practitioners to physiotherapy department of a district general hospital.

Br Med J 1975; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5990.220 (Published 25 October 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;4:220
  1. P Norman,
  2. H Clifton,
  3. E Williams,
  4. P J Nichols

    Abstract

    There has been much opposition, voiced most notably in the Tunbridge Report, to general-practitioner access to hospital rehabilitation services. Co-operation between general practitioners, physiotherapists, and the consultant with responsibility for the physiotherapy department at a general district hospital has provided an efficient open-access service. This service has been welcomed by the general practitioners because it supplies prompt treatment for their patients and by the physiotherapists because it enables them to minimise disability by treating musculoskeletal problems at an early stage.