The Coach House, Gloucester Street, Newent
Gloucestershire GL18 1AF
Frequently Asked Questions - page 2
Do I need a GP referral to see an osteopath?
Most patients 'self refer' to an osteopath for treatment. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners. Some health insurers will require a referral from a GP before you commence osteopathic treatment.
Do GPs refer their patients to osteopaths?
Yes. GPs refer patients to osteopaths where they believe this intervention would be beneficial. Referral guidelines are provided by the General Medical Council and British Medical Association.
Do osteopaths offer home visits?
Newent Osteopaths do offer home visits but only to very acute emergencies. We do however prefer to work from the practice, and believe that patients receive a much better treatment when they visit it. You can park immediately outside the door if you are in severe pain and find walking difficult.
Home visits and out of hours treatments will incur an increased fee.