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Covid-19 Update

Face Coverings

From 15 June 2020, visitors and outpatients coming into our hospitals will be asked to wear a face covering at all times, to help us reduce the spread of Covid-19.
A face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head. It should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.

New measures to increase services
Our staff have been working hard to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and ensure the safety and quality of our services for all patients.
Just like the rest of the NHS, our number one priority for the last few months has been ensuring that all those who need urgent care - not just those with coronavirus - have been able to get it when they need it.  Combined with the need to avoid unnecessary contact to reduce the spread of the virus, this has meant that some non-urgent appointments may have been postponed, and others delivered differently using technology.
We are now preparing to gradually increase some important face-to-face services, but only where this can be done safely - the virus is still circulating and we don’t want to put our patients, the public or our staff at greater risk.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.



New pain problem

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Simple advice and exercises for new onset:

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Advice on managing new pain problems


This section of our website is dedicated to helping you manage a new pain problem. Most new pain problems are related to inflammation in soft tissues that have been aggravated by day to day life or injured while taking part in sport or recreation. They are very common and will usually settle on their own between 6 and 12 weeks of onset.

 The guides on this page give you information on:

These guides reflect the same advice we give in our physiotherapy clinics. If things fail to settle as you would expect after 6 weeks, you can self-refer here.

A healthy lifestyle can reduce the likelihood of a new pain problem becoming chronic or even from developing problems in the first place. Follow our Healthy Lifestyle and MSK Health link for more information.