Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy Options

When should I see a GP or GP Advanced physiotherapy practitioner (GPAPP) in my GP Surgery?

  • If you are not sure that the problem is MSK, or that physiotherapy rehabilitation is the right treatment option for you, or you would like an assessment and to discuss your treatment options
  • If you feel your referral to MSK out patients is urgent
  • If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below you must contact your GP surgery or NHS111
    • Fainting
    • Bowel/bladder problems
    • Reduced or altered sensation in your groin, genitals or back passage area
    • Weakness in both legs
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Dizziness
    • Blurred vision
    • Swallowing problems
    • Speech impairment
    • History of cancer

When should I self refer to MSK out patients physiotherapy

  • If your referral is routine and you are over 16
  • You have ONE MSK condition /area you would like assessed.
  • You can attend the out patient clinic

If your problem is urgent, severe or getting worse then you should call NHS 111 or contact your GP practice.

Physiotherapy Self-referral


Do you have a muscle or joint problem?  You can now self-refer to physiotherapy.

MSK ADULT PHYSIOTHERAPY self-referral for Edinburgh patients guidelines are:


  • Please note only adults 16+ can self refer
  • Self referral is for ROUTINE out-patients physiotherapy appointments only.
  • We only accept referrals from patients from Edinburgh GP Practices
  • People can refer themselves for ONE problem only
  • Home visits can only be arranged with a GP referral to Physio @ Home

For continence problems and walking aid referrals, please use a separate self-referral form which can be accessed at the same link listed below.


Collars, wrist splints, knee braces, maternity belts etc cannot be routinely provided.


The form can be found at:


Physiotherapy - Self-referral

It should  be printed out and posted to us at the address below:

Physiotherapy Department

Slateford Medical Centre

27 Gorgie Park Close


EH14 1NQ

What is an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner (GP APP)?

Jordan Hepburn - Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner (GP APP)

This is a new role supported by Scottish Government which aims to be patient centered and to provide tailor made expert musculoskeletal (MSK) assessment and advice.

Benefits for patients

  • Quick, timely access to specialist advice
  • Accessing the most appropriate care pathway at the right time
  • Longer appointment times (20 minutes)
  • Empowerment to self manage
  • Opportunity to gain lifestyle/physical activity advice

What conditions can the GP APP deal with?

  • Spinal pain including low back pain and sciatica, mid back pain and neck pain
  • All soft tissue injuries, sprains, strains or sports injuries
  • Possible problems with muscle, ligament, tendon or bone e.g. Tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, ankle sprains
  • Any joint pain, including arthritis or possible arthritis

Jordan will be available in the surgery on Fridays. At this current time he will be consulting with patients via telephone and video calls. Patients can request an appointment by calling the surgery.

Call Mia

NHS Lothian is asking anyone with a minor injury to Call MIA first to get advice about minor injuries quickly and safely.

To discuss your injury and arrange an appointment if required call 111 after initial message press 9 to continue then Option 2 and Option 2 again.

Call MIA is an online video consultation service for patients aged 12 years and over who have an injury less than 14 days old. It is carried out by a qualified Nurse Practitioner who can provide advice in minutes on injuries including:

• strains, sprains and suspected broken bones of arms and legs
• wounds and minor burns
• minor bumps to head and face
• simple eye injuries
• insect bites and stings

A lot of minor injuries can be treated from the comfort of your own home or with the help of a local pharmacist. If you do need to be examined in person, Call MIA will arrange a suitable appointment at a minor injuries service so you don’t need to wait when you attend.

If your minor injury is over 14 days old, please contact your local GP.

Children aged 12 years and under should attend one of the services at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (located next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France), Western General Hospital or St John’s Hospital.

call MIA