What will I need to do to book an appointment?

After being placed on the PIFU pathway, to book a follow up appointment, you will need to email our Care Co-Ordination Centre (CCC) on provide.askus@nhs.net and include the following information:

      • Your full name
      • Your NHS Number (if known)
      • Your address
      • The service you require (eg Physiotherapy)
      • Preferred appointment type (eg face-to-face or video)

You will then receive a link via SMS, email or call from the CCC asking you to book your PIFU follow up appointment online, if possible, with your physiotherapist.  Once you receive the link you will be able to look through the upcoming free PIFU appointments and book one that works for you, preferably with the physiotherapist you have previously seen if available.  You can call the CCC if you cannot do this via email or access the online booking portal on 03001310111.

When should I not use PIFU?

If you experience any symptoms which require urgent medical advice you should contact your GP  or phone 111.

How long does PIFU last?

Your PIFU plan will last for a specific amount of time which will be explained to you by your physiotherapist. You will be able to book at PIFU appointment if you feel you need one. If you need an appointment after your PIFU timeframe, you will need a new referral which can be done via the online self-referral platform or your GP.

What if I do not need an appointment?

If you feel that you do not require an appointment then you do not need to contact the CCC. Your physiotherapist will explain how long it will last and when you will be discharged.

Are there any side effects?

There are some potential side effects which include infection, anaphylaxis and steroid flare. A more detailed list can be found in the steroid injection leaflet.

Do I still need to do my exercises?

Your physio will be able to advise what to do after you have an injection. Essentially, the injection can allow for a pain free window in which the exercises will be more comfortable and can help to treat the underlying cause of your pain.

Can I go back to work after my injection?

Yes – We normally advise 24-48 hours of relative rest after an injection but this would largely depend on the type of work that you do. If you do a very physical job you might want to take a two days off or book the injection around a time which suits you.

Can I drive after my injection?

Yes – There is no reason that you would not be able to drive once having a steroid injection however if you are unsure or this is your first steroid injection, then it would be best to get someone to bring you to the appointment.

How many injections can I have?

The number of injections you can have will vary depending on the joint and condition we are treating. Your physiotherapist will be able to guide as to the most appropriate treatment.

How effective are steroid injections?

Steroid injections can be really effective and can begin working quickly and can continue to improve for up to six weeks. There are many factors which can impact upon how effective the injection is, which can be as simple as the condition, how your body uptakes the injection, or the type of steroid that is used.
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