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MATS & Spinal Service - Bristol

Checked: 15-05-2018 by hana.cavill Next Review: 28-11-2018

Service Overview

The Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service (MATS) is only available to patients registered with a GP in the Bristol area.

The Bristol Community Health MATS and Spinal Service can assess and manage the care of patients with musculoskeletal and spinal conditions.

The service offers patients the chance to be seen by one of our experienced Extended Scope Physiotherapists, Podiatrists or specialist GPs who will listen, assess and provide treatment and advice on how to manage pain and determine the best course of care.

Some patients may be offered a steroid injection or will be referred for Ultrasound (USS)/ MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or X Ray to gain further information on the problem.

At Hampton House the MATS service provide an Ultrasound Clinic, where patients can be injected under guided ultrasound. This  service is led by our consultant physiotherapist. Patients may be referred to a hospital for a surgical opinion.

Referral Guidance

For more information please see the MATS Referral Guidance

Refer using MATS MSK SPA Referral Form or use BCH managed referrals system if available at your practice.

Criteria for referral and need for prior approval should be checked prior to submission of a referral. Referrals that do not meet criteria or are incomplete may be returned by the MATS team.

Relevant policies can be found on the INNF funding policies for orthopaedics page.

Advice  - General queries for the Physiotherapy Services are welcomed at Hampton House Health Centre.  Contact 0117 330 2645 from Monday – Friday between 8am and 5pm.

Pre-operative optimisation

If there is a possibility that a patient may need surgery as an outcome of their referral then consider the Pre-op assessment guidelinesMany routine operations are cancelled due to modifiable pre-operative conditions including poorly controlled diabetes, poorly controlled hypertension, iron deficiency anaemia and other conditions. Pre- operative optimisation in primary and secondary care can help to reduce cancellations and improve operation outcomes.