Fast access physiotherapy

Working at sea is one of the most challenging jobs in the UK and the number of work-related injuries is high. Time spent offshore means it can be difficult getting treatment so the Seafarers Hospital Society is backing free, fast access physiotherapy treatment for working seafarers.

Free physiotherapy for merchant seafarers and fishermen: national scheme

Call Connect PhysioLine on 0191 247 5000 

Since 2011 we have been funding a free physiotherapy service for working seafarers run by Connect Physiotherapy. The service is available to merchant seafarers and fishermen throughout the UK.

To access the free funded physiotherapy service call Connect PhysioLine on 0191 247 5000 to speak to a physiotherapist for advice and support. If they think you need hands-on treatment they will arrange for you to see someone locally at no cost to you.

Lines are open Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 8 pm; Friday 8.30am to 4pm; Saturday 9am – 12pm.

arrow Click here to download a leaflet (Merchant Seafarers)

arrow Click here to download a leaflet (Fishermen)

Newlyn and West Cornwall area

Call Harbourside Physiotherapy on  01736 366 224 

The Society has been working with the Harbourside Clinic in Newlyn since 2007, offering physiotherapy to local fishermen. This is a well-established and extremely effective service that is available to fishermen and merchant seafarers in the West Cornwall area, in addition to the national scheme run by Connect.

If you think Harbourside might be able to help you, contact the clinic direct. If they decide that physio is the right treatment for you, and you’re working in the West Cornwall area, the clinic will treat you and the Seafarers Hospital Society will cover the cost.

To find out more call 01736 366 224, go to or visit the Harbourside Clinic, Wesley Place, Newlyn TR18 5AZ.

arrow Click here to download a leaflet (Newlyn)

Harbourside network of physiotherapists

As part of the SeaFit Programme, Harbourside Physiotherapy Clinic is developing a network of physiotherapists who have practices close to the harbour. They will be trained and supported to provide a holistic and preventative approach to physiotherapy services for local fishermen.

Cornwall & Devon

Eight physiotherapy clinics have signed up to the scheme so far. They are:

Newlyn Harbourside Physiotherapy 01736 366224 Newlyn
Falmouth Falmouth Physiotherapy 01326 312156 Falmouth
Mevagissey Cornwall Physio 07824 700934 St Austell
Sandy Hill Physical Therapy Centre 01726 676567 St Austell
Looe Cardew Physiotherapy & Performance 07843 249664 Seaton
Plymouth Fay Pedler Physiotherapy 01752 664519 Plymouth
Andrew Higgins & Associates 01752 294714 Plymouth
Brixham Tidal Physiotherapy 07983 313344 Brixham
Padstow North Cornwall Physiotherapy 01208 816666 Wadebridge
Newquay JB Physio 07930 424841 St Column Major
Other areas 

A number of physiotherapists outside Devon and Cornwall have also shown interest in joining the network and we now have four new network members – one in N Ireland and three in Scotland.

They are:

Kilkeel Mourne Physiotherapy 02843 767336 or 07736 004773 Christine Burns
Oban Ruth Sunderland Physiotherapy 07806 569859 Ruth Sunderland
Peterhead Peterhead Physiotherapy 01779 474381 or 07814 545430 Alex McLean
Tarbert Body & Sole 07799 334665 Jessica Little

To find out more about the physio network, call Lysanne Wilson, SHS Health Development Manager on 020 8858 3898 or email: