This page is designed to answer the most common questions about your appointment, and help you understand what to expect.
Frequently Asked Questions/What to Expect
Who Am I Seeing?
You will be seeing a fully qualified clinician (we have both Male and Female members within our service). You will be given your clinicians name when booking. If you have any preferences please let us know and we will accommodate you.
How Long will my Appointment be?
Most first appointments are 30 minutes long. Spine and Physiotherapy first appointments are 45 minutes, Pain are 60 minutes.
MSK follow-ups are 15 minutes. Physiotherapy, Podiatry, and Pain follow-ups are 30 minutes.
Will My Appointment Be On Time?
Our appointments normally run on time. On rare occasions your appointment may be 10-15 minutes late due to unforeseen complications.
Please arrive on time for your appointment otherwise there may not be enough time to see you.
What Will Happen In My Virtual Appointment (Telephone/Video Call)
Your clinician will call you to discuss your problem. We may also ask you to do some movements. A loud speaker function on your phone will help to stop you having to hold the phone to your ear as you do these movements.
This has all the qualities of the Telephone Call with the added benefit of your clinician being able to see you and you them. This is particularly helpful to see how you are moving and can make follow your clinicians instructions easier as they can demonstrate the movements for you. You will need a smartphone for this with enabled webcam/camera and a microphone but no additional software.
How Will the Clinician Know What my Problem is if they can’t See or Touch Me?
Much of the information that our clinicians use to work out what is going on with your body, and how we can help, comes from what you tell us. We do not necessarily need to touch or see you in order to understand what is wrong, and provide treatment for you.
What will happen in My Face to Face appointment?
You will discuss your history and symptoms. Your clinician will then assess you (as part of this they may need to touch relevant areas of your body).
On some occasions it may be necessary to undress to your underwear so you can be examined. You may like to wear shorts and a t-shirt under your outer clothes.
You will then discuss treatment options and decide together what treatment is right for you.
How Do I Change/Cancel My Appointment?
If you need to change or cancel your appointment please either call or email us with as much notice as possible. Which number or email address you should use will depend where you are being seen, please see our Contact Us page for all contact details.
Can I say no to a form of examination or treatment?
Yes, it is your choice to consent. You are always free to say no, or to ask for more information before you make up your mind.
Can I still be seen if I have a disability or have special requirements?
Yes. Help can be provided for anyone with special needs e.g. wheelchair use, deafness, visual disability, non-English speaking etc. Please contact us before your first appointment if you think you may require additional help.
Can I get hospital transport?
Transportation can only be provided on grounds of medical need and you will need to arrange this yourself for your appointments. Click here for more information about hospital transport options in your area.
What will happen after my appointment?
This will depend on whether you are seeing a Physiotherapist or an MSK Advanced Practitioner. The What is Musculoskeletal page explains what may happen after your appointment/with your ongoing treatment.
How long will I wait for an appointment?
Where Will I be Seen?
We have a number of clinic locations across Brighton, Mid-Sussex, Crawley, Horsham, and East Grinstead. Follow the links below for Maps, Parking Information, Disability Access, and Public Transport information.
We will always try to book you at the location closest to you.