Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Physiotherapy self-referral

The physiotherapy service accepts self-referrals for a range of musculoskeletal problems.

PLEASE NOTE: The physiotherapy department can no longer accept self-referrals by phone – all patients must complete the form below and submit it by email, post or by hand, or you can ask your GP to make a referral for you.


If you are aged over 18, you can refer yourself to our physiotherapy service with musculoskeletal problems such as

  • muscle and joint pain,
  • sports injuries,
  • back or neck pain, or
  • sprains and strains.

If you prefer, you can still see your GP and be referred to us in the usual way.

If you are under 18, please speak to your GP and they can refer you to us if appropriate.


How to refer yourself to physio

To refer yourself you can download and complete the self-referral form at the foot of this page and email it to one of the following addresses:

When you download the form, it is possible your computer may open it as a ‘read only’ version. If this happens, you need to click the ‘enable editing’ button at the top of the document and save it to your computer’s documents folder, or (in Microsoft Word) follow these instructions

Please be aware that email communications with Western Sussex Hospitals are not secure if you are contacting us from outside the Trust’s secure IT environment or from a non-NHS address. The Trust cannot be held responsible for the security of these communications outside the Trust network. Please contact us via another method if you have concerns:

Physiotherapy contact numbers

Alternatively, you can post the form or deliver it by hand to one of the addresses listed on the form.

Outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy in the Bognor and Chichester areas is accessed through the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

You can find out more about this service on the community trust’s website.


What happens once you have contacted us

Once we have your details, we will contact you by telephone and discuss your problem with you.

There is a currently a long wait for routine physiotherapy telephone assessments across all 3 sites, if you have not heard from us after 10 weeks please call the department to see where you are on our call back list.

At the end of the telephone consultation, we will decide what type of treatment is best for you. This might be:

  • Advice on how to manage your problem
  • Advice and a home exercise programme sent to you by post or email
  • Advice to see your GP if we think the problem is not suitable for physiotherapy
  • Or you may be given an appointment for face-to-face treatment in the physiotherapy department that is most convenient for you.

We hope this service will help people access physiotherapy in a more convenient way, so they can get their treatment started at the right time, and get better more quickly.

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