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.
- 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