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Welcome to MSK CATS (Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service) Derby

COVID-19 UPDATE 01 July 2020:

We are working to National advice that states that to safeguard our MSK patients during the Covid-19 Pandemic we need to maintain a “Virtual” approach to consulting with patients wherever possible, and that we need to risk assess and demonstrate the urgent need for any patient contact.

This means that many of our initial contacts with our patients will remain as telephone consultations, e-consultations or video consultations.

Noting that Social Distancing guidance is to maintain a 1-metre plus approach, face-to-face appointments will only be offered to patients who we have assessed as needing to be seen, in particular, patients who may need urgent treatment and/or possible urgent referral to Secondary Care.

All patients attending face to face appointments will be Covid-screened and asked to attend on their own where possible.  Patients will be asked to wear a face covering to their appointment.  Our own staff will wear PPE (personal protective equipment) including Visors where appropriate.

When we do see patients, we have to allocate additional time to allow the clinicians to change Personal Protective Equipment, and clean chairs, couches and equipment between each patient contact.   It now takes a lot longer to see a patient in person than it did pre-Covid and capacity has to be restricted because of that.

We thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

MSK CATS Overview

We operate a Triage service for the GP’s across Derby City who refer their patients with musculoskeletal problems into our service for assessment. 

We will review your Doctor's referral, and a decision will be made to invite you into our service for further investigation and/or treatment, or to refer you through to one of the Hospital Teams.  

Most conditions that involve muscles and joints can be successfully treated by a specialist physiotherapist assisted by a GP with a special interest in musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.

Each patient who is accepted into our service is seen by a Senior Physiotherapist supported by a Specialist Doctor for an initial 30 minute appointment.

We can use our expertise to diagnose, order appropriate investigations, treat, advise or, where needed, refer on to a consultant for their opinion.

We aim to:

  • Cut the time you have to wait before you start treatment.
  • Provide a one stop shop for most patients.
  • Treat you in the community.
  • Reduce waiting times to see an orthopaedic surgeon if you do need to see one. 

Where are we?

We operate from 2 sites in Derby.  

MSK CATS, Pear Tree Street, Derby DE23 8PL


Lister House at Coleman Street, Allenton DE24 8NH 

Please check your appointment letter / text message reminder to see which site your appointment has been booked in at. 

Entrance to MSK CATS Pear Tree Street, Derby

MSK Front

(Site updated 18/10/2021)

Contact Details

MSK CATS (Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service) Derby

Contact Telephone

01332 274610

Coleman Street Health Centre

Contact Telephone

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