Main Address

  • MSK CATS and Physiotherapy Services
    Whittington Health
    St Ann’s Hospital
    Therapies Centre,
    Q Block,
    St Ann’s Road
  • N15 3TH
  • 020 3224 4744


  • 08:30 – 16:30
    Monday – Friday
The Musculoskeletal Clinical Assessment and Treatment (MSK CATS) Service is a primary care assessment, diagnostic and management service run by Extended Scope Physiotherapists and GP’s with a musculoskeletal special interest (GPwSI’s). These are highly expert staff with many years experience in musculoskeletal medicine and close links with secondary care consultants in Orthopaedics and Rheumatology.


This service is for:

  • Musculoskeletal patients for whom conservative management has not worked
  • Assessment of complex musculoskeletal problems
  • Patients that may be suitable for peripheral soft tissue or joint steroid injections
  • Screening of patients who may need secondary care intervention.

This service provides:
  • Expert musculoskeletal assessment, diagnosis and management planning
  • Assessment for suitability and delivery of soft tissue and joint steroid injections
  • Direct referral for investigations (MRI, US, Xray, EMG/ NCS, bloods)
  • Streamlined onward referral into secondary care if necessary
  • Referral to MSK Physiotherapy and Podiatry
  • Self management advice, reassurance and explanation

Musculoskeletal Clinical Assessment and Treatment exclusion criteria (exceptions for direct referral to secondary care):
  • Screened systemic inflammatory disease requiring medical management
  • Suspicion of serious pathology (malignancy, infection, etc)
  • Signs of cord compression / cauda equina syndrome
  • Suspicion of recent fracture requiring intervention
  • Age under 16 years

This service is provided at:
Bounds Green Health Centre
1A Gordon Road
N11 2PA

Holloway Community Health Centre
11 Hornsey Street,
N7 8GG
Tel: 020 3316 8840 

Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Health Centre,

151 Park Road,
N8 8JD
Tel: 020 3074 2720

Lordship Lane Primary Care Health Centre,
239 Lordship Lane,
N17 6AA.
Tel: 020 3224 4111
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