Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services (ICATS)

The Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services (ICATS) provides a range of specialist assessment and treatment services for patients.

The service is provided by multi-disciplinary teams including a doctor, specialist nurse and allied health professionals such as physiotherapists.

The service provides specialist assessment and appropriate management of patients with orthopaedic conditions including:

  • Advice on specialist management of the condition
  • Tier 2 treatments (Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Injection Therapy)
  • Diagnostic Imaging (MRI/X-ray/Ultrasound)
  • Referral to an Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Referral to another service ( Rheumatology, Pain Management)
  • Referral back to GP

Patients who do not require urgent treatment are referred to the local ICATS team for assessment, treatment or diagnostic tests.

If a patient’s condition requires the attention of a consultant, arrangements are made for the patient to be referred for a hospital outpatient appointment. The aim of ICATS is to help reduce outpatient waiting times.

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