Orthopaedic Assessment Service

Musculoskeletal medicine (MSK) is the diagnosis and treatment of problems arising from the musculoskeletal system. This includes injuries and diseases affecting the muscles, bones and joints of the limbs and spine. It also includes rarer autoimmune diseases and back pain.

There are more than 200 musculoskeletal conditions. Approximately 30% of all GP consultations relate to problems with the musculoskeletal system.

MSK Pain Service (MSK) service is made up of GPs with Special Interest in Orthopeadics (GPSIs)and an Extended Scope Practitioner in physiotherapy and podiatry. The service significantly reduces outpatient waiting times by referring to hospital only those patients who will benefit from seeing a consultant.

Opening hours

The service is based at Ballymena Health and Care Centre, McGaughey House Whiteabbey Hospital, Mid Ulster Hospital, Causeway Hospital and Robinson Memorial Hospital, with clinics from 8 am to 8.30 pm.

The administration department for Orthopaedic Assessment Service is based in Ballymena and they can be contacted for more information, Monday – Friday, 9.00 am – 5.00pm.

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