Lister Medical Centre boasts physiotherapists who work at the surgery on a sessional basis most Tuesday mornings.
They provide a range of treatments to appropriate patients registered at this surgery who have been referred by one the doctors.
In addition, the practice has the ability to refer patients directly to the physiotherapy department at the local hospital (although at present the waiting list is long).
Dieticians are employed to provide practice based sessions for GP patients. Dietary advice for hyperlipidaemia (raised cholesterol) and diabetes are the most common reasons for referral. In comparison, the role of the hospital dietician has evolved largely to provide nutritional support to the malnourished and for acute referrals e.g. cardio-protective advice following a myocardial infarction.
The demand for dietary advice is increasing for a number of reasons but notably National Service Frameworks (NSFs) for coronary heart disease (CHD), the elderly and the increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes. The number of newly diagnosed diabetics seen by dieticians has increased locally by 94% since 1998. There is a much greater awareness of the link between diet and health both amongst health professionals and patients.
There are many other conditions requiring dietetic services as part of or all of treatment, to help relieve symptoms or to promote a healthy lifestyle.