June 23rd – COVID – 19 Update

I am very happy to be able to say I am back open for face to face appointments under certain circumstances, or alternatively virtual or video appointments are also offered.

As physiotherapists we are regulated and need to follow the current guidelines for dealing with the pandemic in order to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. These require that we triage remotely, including screening, discussion of patient preference, and consider a virtual approach.  If the patients needs are able to be met by a virtual, video or telephone consultation, this is recommended as is risk free.  If they are not able to be met by virtual means, then we need to risk assess each individual patient before offering a face to face appointment.  This is to check if you are at higher risk from coronavirus as for some people the risk is higher.  There are two levels of higher risk – high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) or moderate risk (clinically vulnerable). We will also screen for COVID-19 symptoms at the time of booking and on arrival for the appointment.

On arrival for each appointment and on leaving, hands must be sanitised (alcohol gel is available or hand washing if preferred). During a face to face appointment I will wear PPE along with Public Health England Guidelines – disposable gloves, apron and a mask; and please can any patients attending wear a mask to each appointment.  Where possible a 2 metre distance will be kept between patient and physiotherapist (ie during questions and discussions) because research shows that this reduces the risk of transmission.  It is important to be aware that the close contact required for face to face treatment is not risk free, hence the infection prevention and control measures that must be taken.  Between each patient extra time is given to allow for cleaning and airing of the room.

Louise Hammond has 23 years experience as a chartered physiotherapist.

Conditions treated include:

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • cropped-Louise.jpegNeck pain and stiffness
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Arthritis and rheumatism
  • Work related injuries
  • Joint problems
  • Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
  • Post operative rehabilitation
  • Sports injuries
  • Pregnancy related Pelvic Girdle Pain
  • Hand conditions / post surgery
  • Persistent / chronic pain


  • Physiotherapy is used to treat and optimise the recovery of a wide range of conditions and injuries.  At the Physiotherapy and Acupuncture Clinic, Petersfield we see patients with neck, back (including sacro-iliac joint), shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee and ankle conditions, as well as joint, muscle, ligament and tendon problems in any other part of the body.

    These may be caused by various problems including poor posture, repetitive activities, arthritis, biomechanical disorders, and injuries including sporting, accidental or work related. We also treat patients requiring rehabilitation following surgery or fractures / broken bones.

    Patients will receive a comprehensive assessment of their condition and a treatment plan is then devised; aiming to resolve pain and inflammation, encourage tissue healing, restore normal range of motion, to enable return to normal activities and reduce the risk of recurrence.

    Pain lasting longer than three months is called persistent or chronic. It has been shown that the more we understand about pain and about the things which contribute to our pain, the more we can change it, so you will be given information about pain to increase your understanding of why it occurs, and what you can do about it.

    Treatments include:

  • joint mobilisations

  • soft tissue therapy including trigger point release and myofascial release

  • ultrasound

  • acupuncture

  • exercise – including stretching, proprioceptive, strengthening and stablility / core exercises

  • advice on a range of topics including pain science, ergonomics (working positions), ways to speed up recovery at home, posture, sleeping positions, prevention of recurrence and more.

    The initial appointments are 60 minutes with most follow up sessions lasting 40 – 45 minutes.

For any enquiries or to book an initial physio assessment with Louise Hammond please call or text on 07789 882074

Alternatively email louisehammond@physiotherapypetersfield.co.uk

Insurance companies accepted including BUPA, AXA PPP, WPA, Cigna.


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