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Musculoskeletal Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (MCATS)

The Service offers a primary care based integrated approach to the expert assessment  and management of musculoskeletal patients who do not require surgical intervention



Ashfield’s Primary Care Centre


Wharton Primary Healthcare Centre


Eaglebridge Health and Wellbeing Centre


 War Memorial Hospital


Oakwood Medical Centre


Waters Green Medical Centre


Knutsford and District Cottage Hospital


Who we are

The Service has six clinical staff, including GPs, Physiotherapy Extended Scope Practitioners and Clinical Specialist Biomechanical Podiatrist.

Service Manager

Pip Wise



What we do

Treatments we provide:

  • Self-management advice/exercise programme

  • Further investigations where necessary, e.g. X-ray, MRI, Ultrasound Scan

  • Joint Injection

  • Biomechanical Assessment

  • Orthotic Provision


Aims of our service

The service aims to provide specialist musculoskeletal/orthopaedic assessment and to develop a joint care programme for all referred patients. 

Opening times

The core service hours 8.30am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday.


How do I refer or access the service

A GP referral is required to access the service.


Who will I see 

  • GPSI (GP with Special Interest in Musculoskeletal Medicine)

  • Physiotherapy Extended Scope Practitioners

  • Clinical Specialist Biomechanical Podiatrist


How to find us

Directions to the different clinics can be provided on request when an appointment is made.



What should I bring to my appointment?

  • Your appointment letter or card

  • A pair of shorts for assessment of leg and foot

  • Vest top for assessment of back / shoulders / neck

  • A list of medication you are taking


What does the Clinician need to know?

Please inform the clinician when you arrive if you have an electrical implant e.g. pacemaker or if you may by pregnant.

What happens at my first appointment?

  • On your arrival please report to the Department / Reception.

  • You will then be assessed by a clinician

  • A treatment plan will be discussed and agreed with you. 

  • The initial visit may take 45 minutes


How will my follow up appointment be arranged?

If you need further appointments, a mutually convenient appointment time is arranged. A telephone follow up may be made to discuss the results of any investigations that are recommended.

What do I do if I cannot attend my appointment?

If you are unable to attend for your appointment, you must contact the department as soon as possible.

What happens if I do not attend my appointment?

If you fail to attend without advising us you may be discharged and your doctor informed.

Please arrive on time. If you arrive late, it may not be possible for you to be seen as other patients will have been booked in. 


More information

For general information and booking inquiries please call 01270 278310.

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