The rheumatology physiotherapy service is based at NDDH in Barnstaple, but clinics are also available at Bideford, Torrington Cottage hospital and South Molton Cottage hospital.

Treatment is on a one to one basis, with occasional referral for further rehab into a gym class.

The physiotherapist works closely with all aspects of the multidisciplinary team to improve daily function, mobility and independence.

Physiotherapy interventions may include.

  • Education
  • Exercise
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pain relief & pain management strategies
  • Fatigue management
  • Healthy lifestyle

Nick McGuirk (Physiotherapist)

Nick has worked at North Devon District Hospital since 2002 and joined the Rheumatology team in 2016. He is a non-medical prescriber and is able to carry out corticosteroid injections, acupuncture as well as a variety of manual therapy techniques.
He also recently completed a Master’s degree which looked at the benefit of exercise on quality of life for patient’s inflammatory back pain

Last updated: February 6, 2020