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Physiotherapy is an allied health profession that contributes to the health and well-being of our population. It is a profession with an emphasis on analysis of movement based on the structure and function of the body. Physiotherapy provides a holistic approach to maximise the patient’s functional potential and treats patients with physical problems caused by neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and cardio-vascular or respiratory conditions. Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function to as near normal as possible when someone is affected by injury, illness, developmental problems or other disability. Different treatment modalities are used to address the needs of individual clients, for e.g. exercise, movement, therapeutic massage, electro physical agents and hydrotherapy.
Physiotherapists work closely with patients, their carers and other healthcare professionals as interdisciplinary team members. The role of th physiotherapist ranges from direct clinical, therapeutic and rehabilitative interventions to health promotion, patient and carer education and to participating in healthcare development. Physiotherapists treat and manage patients with many varied conditions, for e.g. stroke, amputations, respiratory disease, mental health problems, cancer, after fractures and hip and knee replacement surgery and children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Our Vision

Physiotherapy enables and empowers the person to achieve a healthier life through movement, physical means and education.

Our Mission

To provide an integrated person centred quality physiotherapy​ service across the lifespan. 

Within the National Health Service, physiotherapy services are provided and delivered in a number of facilities and in the community as follows:
  • Mater Dei Hospital – acute inpatient care for paediatrics and adults, inpatient and outpatient services, hand therapy, women's and men's health, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

  • Rehabilitation Hospital Karin Grech – inpatient (geriatrics and rehabilitation) and outpatient services, day hospital, outpatient physiotherapy department – musculoskeletal, back and pain management services, amputee rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation and hydrotherapy.

  • St Vincent De Paule Residence – inpatient and outpatient services.

  • Mount Carmel Hospital – inpatient, outpatient and community centre services.

  • Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre – inpatient and outpatient services and lymphoedema service.

  • Paediatric Physiotherapy Services – neurodevelopmental and neuromuscular outpatient services and a hub for services to main stream schools and schools for children with special needs.

  • Paola, Cospicua, Floriana, Mosta, Qormi and B’kara Health Centres – musculoskeletal and GP access service.

  • Gozo General Hospital – all services, inpatient and outpatient

  • Community and outreach physiotherapy services are also available.

Physiotherapy Health Centres Direct Ticket of Referral  
Primary Care Community
Centres (Zejtun/Mellieha)

SVPR Physiotherapy Services O/P (all conditions)
Self Referral

Direct Ticket of Referral

For Clients who are over 60 years of age
SAMOC Physiotherapy O/P Direct Ticket of Referral  
COMM Care Contact 22589393 or Strictly house bound cases
RHKG Amputee Rehabilitation  Direct Ticket of Referral  
RHKG Elderly Rehabilitation Day Hospital Ticket of referral to Geriatrician  
RHKG Neuro O/P  Referral by Consultant  
RHKG MSK O/P  Referral by Consultant  
RHKG O/P Referral by Consultant  
MDH Paediatrics O/P  Direct Ticket of Referral  
MDH Paediatrics MSK Direct Ticket of Referral  
MDH Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral by Consultant  
MDH Pulmonary Rehabilitation Referral by Respiratory Consultants  
MDH Women's​ Health  Direct Ticket of Referral Except for Clients who have AnoRectal Dysfunction issues
MDH Hands O/P Direct Ticket of Referral  
CDAU Paediatrics / MDH Direct Ticket of referral for Assessment by IDT  
GGH O/P  Direct Ticket of Referral  


All Maltese citizens and foreigners holding a residency permit can be referred to the physiotherapy services within the National Health Service.


Required Documents 

A referral from a medical practitioner from within the National Health Service is required. If the patient is referred for physiotherapy in primary health care, i.e. to the Health Centres, the Health Centre doctor or the patient’s family doctor can make the referral. 


Back Office Process

  • Referrals will be managed by the department or clinic where the physiotherapy is to be carried out.

  • As a general rule, inpatient referrals will be managed on the same day of referral or the next working day if a referral is made outside the normal working hours. Mater Dei Hospital provides an out of hours service to manage requests for urgent referrals.

  • Out- Patient Physiotherapy departments and clinics across the Service receive referrals from specialist outpatient clinics, from the inpatient wards (as follow-ups) and directly from family practitioners (musculoskeletal conditions are referred directly to health centres).

  • Referrals from Mater Dei outpatient clinics are received at the Physiotherapy Department at Mater Dei Hospital. Health Centre and GP referrals are received at the Health Centre in the patient’s catchment area.

  • Appointments for outpatient physiotherapy are made by telephone or through the post. When necessary, transport services are scheduled for the patient.

  • When a patient is seen for the first time, a full assessment is carried out so that together with the patient, the physiotherapist will make a plan of treatment and rehabilitation. For outpatients, all patient and treatment details are recorded in the Physiotherapy notes.

  • For inpatients, physiotherapists document the details of each patient contact and intervention/session in the patients’ records or medical file.

  • The nature, frequency, and intensity of physiotherapy sessions will reflect the needs of the individual patients referred for physiotherapy.

Frequently asked questions

Question: When I have my appointment for physiotherapy, will I be given a specific appointment time?
Answer: Yes. you will be given an individual appointment time for your treatment session.
Question: Will I be seen by the same physiotherapist every time I come for treatment?
Answer: Yes, unless something crops up, e.g. your physiotherapist is unwell, and another physiotherapist is covering his or her patients.
Question: How often will I need to come for treatment?
Answer: The frequency of your treatment sessions and the overall duration of your treatment episode will depend on your condition and your response to treatment.
Question: Will I need any special preparations before I come to physiotherapy?
Answer: We suggest that you come with appropriate clothing to facilitate your treatment with ease and dignity, e.g. if you have a lower limb problem, a pair of shorts would be appropriate. If you are attending for hydrotherapy you will advised regarding what you should bring with you prior to attending.


Informative Leaflet​ 

How to Contact Us
You can contact us by:


Our Departments and Clinics
·         Mater Dei Hospital
·         Gozo General Hospital
·         Sir Paul Boffa Hospital
·         St Vincent de Paule Residence
·         Mount Carmel Hospital
·         RHKG Inpatients Department
·         RHKG Outpatients Department
·         Outpatients Paediatric Services​
Primary Health Care - Health Centres
·         Floriana Health Centre
·         Birkirkara Health Centre
·         Cospicua Health Centre
·         Mosta Health Centre
·         Paola Health Centre
·        Qormi Health Centre​
·         Kirkop Health Centre​
·         Zejtun Community Centre (On selected days)​
·         Mellieha Community Centre​ (On selected days)​

 Community Service

When you visit our Office we will:
  • Be quick, courteous and helpful  

  • Welcome you in a clean and friendly environment.

When you phone us you can expect us to:

  • Answer promptly  

  • Identify ourselves.