Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists) and here at the Royal Free London is provided based on each patient’s individual needs.   We believe and encourage the maintenance of good health for people of all ages and help patients to manage their pain and prevent disease through education, awareness, empowerment and active participation in their treatment.

At the Royal Free London, physiotherapists are instrumental in helping patients with physical and emotional problems have a good quality of life. Many people receive physiotherapy, for example, as a result of a medical condition, after an operation or an accident or if you have a neurological disorder.

Patients are treated either as inpatients (those staying on wards in hospital or attending day surgery) or as outpatients (those visiting hospital clinics for treatment). Find out more about:

Our physiotherapists specialise in treating a variety of different conditions, often working in teams with other Royal Free London specialists and therapists to achieve world class patient care. These specialties include:

  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Neuro-physiotherapy
  • Cardiovascular care
  • Respiratory care
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Burns and plastic surgery
  • Hand therapy 
  • Health services for elderly people 
  • Oncology and palliative care
  • Paediatric (children’s) physiotherapy
  • Pelvic Health
  • Amputation
  • Critical care

Inpatient physiotherapy

The inpatient physiotherapy team works alongside doctors, nurses and many other health professionals within the multi-disciplinary team. We work with many patients during their stay in hospital to encourage independence to return home as quickly as possible.

The inpatient physiotherapy service works within  many specialties including; cardiovascular care, critical care, health services for elderly people, neuro-physiotherapy, oncology and palliative care, paediatrics (children’s physiotherapy), private practice, stroke rehabilitation, trauma and orthopaedics and vascular and amputee.

Out-patient physiotherapy

The out-patient physiotherapy team is a large and multi-disciplinary service that offers a wide range of treatment approaches to help manage painful conditions, restore movement and function and improve quality of life for people with musculoskeletal problems.

The out-patient physiotherapy service includes the musculoskeletal department, hand therapy, pelvic health and the pain management therapy team.

Private physiotherapy in London

If you’re looking for a private physiotherapist in London we also have a private physiotherapy team that provides an inpatient service to patients with a wide variety of conditions.

Find about more about Royal Free private physiotherapy services. 


Referral details


All inpatient physiotherapy referrals are made during ward handovers or via the relevant telephone/bleep numbers. Referrals can be made by doctors, nurses or other healthcare professionals.

At Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals all wards are screened daily by the therapists to identify patients who require physiotherapy.


At the Royal Free Hospital referrals are accepted from all Royal Free London based consultants on our referral form or clinic letter.

At Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals musculoskeletal referrals are accepted from GPs as well as consultants, and NHS eReferrals.  Referrals for the neurology team are accepted from Royal Free consultants only.We accept electronic as well as paper referrals.

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