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Horton General Hospital and Brackley Cottage Hospital Adult Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy referrals

Horton General Hospital

The physiotherapy team at the Horton General Hospital and Brackley Cottage Hospital provides primary care physiotherapy assessment and treatment to MSK adult patients referred from GPDA and the Trauma and Orthopaedic service of Brackley, Banbury and the surrounding areas.

We are based over two sites; Horton General Hospital in Banbury and Brackley Cottage Hospital, with a cross cover of staff.

Our team consists of 12 WTE physiotherapists and five administrative staff.

The department philosophy is one of shared decision-making with agreed goals. This ensures that the patient is treated as an individual and that their needs are identified and met where possible.

An emphasis is placed on increasing the patient's self-efficacy and educating them on how to self-manage their pain, dysfunction or disability.

Our skills include:

  • Manual therapy
  • Soft tissue release
  • Pain management and pacing advice
  • Electrotherapy
  • Exercise prescription
  • High level rehabilitation back to sport
  • Exercise-based classes
  • Acupuncture as an adjunct to therapy


  • Manipulation
  • Upper limb
  • Lower limb
  • Spinal
  • Sports injuries
  • Occupational Health Advice

How to refer to our service

We accept referrals from GP surgeries via the e-Referral system, but can also accept paper referrals faxed or posted to our service.

Directly Bookable Service for Horton Physiotherapy

The GP surgery will generate an appointment referral request with appropriate priority (urgent or routine) for the service on e-Referral and UBRN in the usual way.

To select a directly booked appointment, please see the guide at the link below, which shows how to use the system.

An electronic proforma or appropriate letter needs to be attached to the e-Referral system by the surgery within 48 hours for a routine or urgent appointment.

In the case that the Trust cannot provide an immediate appointment, 'Defer to Provider' can be selected and Trust processes will be in place to contact the patient within 48 hours for an urgent or routine appointment.

18WW clock will start on the date the GP or patient makes the appointment booking.

GPs should check their patients have appointments on their e-Referral worklist. This applies to all appointment requests made through e-Referral.

For further information please visit 'e-Referral':

We also accept referrals from Trauma and and the Emergency Departments.

Opening times

  • Monday to Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm

Waiting times

  • Urgent referrals are usually seen within two weeks of receiving the referral.
  • Routine referrals are usually seen within five to eight weeks.
  • There is flexibility to move appointments if there is a clinical need. Please contact the department directly if you feel this is appropriate.

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