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Orthopaedics Assessment Service - Stockport

Contact Information

Telephone: 0161 426 5420

Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 4.30 pm. 

About Our Service

Welcome to the orthopaedic assessment service. This service provides rapid assessment, treatment and advice for patients with orthopaedic-problems such as knee pain and painful shoulder joints.


The service is based at Kingsgate House – a modern office block in Stockport town centre. When you have been to your GP with an orthopaedic problem, they may refer you to see us.  We aim to see you within 3 weeks. We will give you a thorough examination and offer you advice or treatments. The advice may include exercises which you can also do at home.

Sometimes we will send you for a scan or X-ray or take some blood to help in making a diagnosis. If we are unable to help you we will send you to see a consultant at a hospital or to one of our community colleagues, such as podiatrist, orthotist or physiotherapist.

Our Expertise

Our team is made up of physiotherapists and podiatrists who have completed extra training and have additional qualifications. We have all been qualified for a minimum of 8 years in our own profession and are qualified to give steroid injections and request diagnostic tests.  We work closely with the consultants at the hospital and keep our skills up to date by attending training courses and reading professional publications.

How to Use the Service

Before your visit

The service is for people with problems in joints or muscles where the GP is unsure of the cause or thinks you may need further tests carried out. We only deal with one problem at a time so if, for example, you have both knee and elbow pain, your GP will make two referrals so there is enough time to fully investigate both.

Your doctor will ask you to phone to agree an appointment date; you will then get a letter confirming this.  It will also give you information about how to get to Kingsgate and where to check in.

On the day of your appointment make sure you wear clothes that you can easily take off and wear sensible underwear to save any embarrassment.  Nearly all patients have to undress to be examined.

Bring a list of any medicines you are taking and a short list of any other tests or operations or any health problems you have. Also write down any questions you have about your problem. Your appointment is for 30 minutes – please arrive on time or a full examination cannot be carried out. Appointments do run to time – if there is a wait this is most likely due to difficulties with an earlier patient.

During your visit

You will be asked to describe what the problem is.  You will be examined and given a diagnosis.  You will be shown how to carry out any exercises and given advice on dealing with the problem.  If you need to have a steroid injection or have blood taken, you will be asked to wait for 20 minutes before leaving the building to check you are OK.

After your visit

You will be telephoned with the results of any tests that you have had.  We will also advise you if we need to send you to see someone else.

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