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.


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  • Barnet Hospital

    Wellhouse Lane
    EN5 3DJ

    Enquiries: 020 8216 4720

  • Chase Farm Hospital

    The Ridgeway
    EN2 8JL    

    Enquiries: 020 8375 1743 / 1490 / 1045

  • Cheshunt Community Hospital

    King Arthur Court
    EN8 8XN 
    Enquiries: 020 8375 1743 / 1490 / 1045

  • Potters Bar Community Hospital

    Barnet Road
    Potters Bar
    EN6 2RY

    Enquiries: 01707 653286 x 6158

  • Royal Free Hospital

    Pond Street
    NW3 2QG

    Patient enquiries: 020 7830 2127
    GP enquiries: 020 7794 0500 x 32274 

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