A male leaning onto his knee with his hands, runners in the background indicate he is a runner who has stopped due to injury.

Who is this service for?

Our CATS and SATS service is aimed at people who have persistent pain due to a musculoskeletal problem such as osteoarthritis or joint pain, or for people with spinal symptoms such as back pain or sciatic pain (leg pain due to a trapped nerve).

Your GP will refer you to this service if you have not responded to normal GP care such as pain relief and physiotherapy.

What we do

We are a triage service that aims to offer prompt access for assessment, advice and treatment.

Our clinics are held at :

  • Cossham Memorial Hospital
  • Yate Westgate Centre
  • Thornbury Leisure Centre.

At your appointment you will be assessed by either an Extended Scope practitioner (ESP), or a GP with a Special Interest (GPwSI) in Orthopaedics.

Where possible we will explain our diagnosis at the assessment, but we may need to send you for further investigations to support this diagnosis, such as X-rays, scans or blood tests.

Some tests may be offered the same day but for others a further appointment will be made for you.  We will then discuss treatment options with you, which may include advice, exercises and/or injections.

We can refer you to other professional teams such as Physiotherapy and Podiatry if appropriate, and also if we feel that you need further assessment by a Consultant team then we will discuss this with you along with the choice of hospitals available to you for further treatment.

How do I access this service?

You need to be referred by your GP to access this service.

Booking your next appointment? You can now contact our Clinical and Spinal Assessment and Treatment (CATS and SATS) service online to let us know the preferred location, day and time (morning or afternoon) your next appointment.

I’m a clinician – how do I make a referral to this service?

Referral information and other clinical guidance can be found on the CCG’s Remedy site:

Musculoskeletal Interface Service on Remedy

Service provided by Sirona

Cossham Hospital

Lodge Road,
BS15 1LF


Tel: 0300 125 6550
Reception Telephone Line Open  Monday – Friday, 8.00am-4.00pm


Thornbury Leisure Centre,
Alveston Hill,
BS35 3JB


Tel: 0300 125 6550
Reception Telephone Line Open  Monday – Friday, 8.00am-4.00pm

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