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The Vision of Physiotherapy Services

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


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

Our Services

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 the 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.
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, breast care service, incontinence service and cardiac and  pulmonary rehabilitation.

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

  • St Vincent De Paule Long Term Facility – inpatient and outpatient services for older persons.

  • Mount Carmel Hospital – inpatient services

  • Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre (SAMOC) – 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.


Referral to physiotherapy, whether as an inpatient or as an outpatient is through a doctor’s 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: Will I be given a specific appointment time when attending for treatment?
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,however if your physiotherapist is unavailable on a particular day you will be seen by another physiotherapist covering his/her duties.
Question: How often will I need to come for treatment?
Answer: The frequency of your treatment sessions and the overall duration of your treatment programme will depend on your condition and your response to treatment.
Question: Will I need any special preparations before I come to physiotherapy?
Answer: It is important that you come with appropriate clothing to facilitate your treatment with ease and dignity, eg, if you have a lower limp problem, a pair of shorts would be appropriate.  If you are attending for hydrotherapy you will be advised regarding what you should bring with you prior to attending.

Informative Leaflet​