CORONAVIRUS – Support from the Society

We are working hard to support our seafarers during these difficult times and, as far as possible, it’s business as usual. Free physiotherapy for working seafarers is still available with many clinics now offering face-to-face appointments as well as online exercise classes and other tools.

Fast track physiotherapy – free for all seafarers

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 track physiotherapy treatment for working seafarers.

Seafarers Physiotherapy Network

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.

As part of the SeaFit Programme, Harbourside is currently developing a network of physiotherapists who have practices close to the harbour – The Seafarers Physiotherapy Network. So far we have Network members in Cornwall, Devon, Scotland and Northern Ireland, all providing free treatment to working fishermen and merchant seafarers. They are trained and supported by the team at Harbourside to provide a holistic and preventative approach to physiotherapy services for local fishermen. And all treatment costs are covered by the Society.

Click here to download a leaflet

To book an appointment with a member of the Network, contact your local clinic (click here for details) or:

Call Harbourside Physiotherapy on 01736 366 224

Connect PhysioLine – the rest of the UK

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.

Call Connect PhysioLine on 0191 247 5000

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)

For more information

To find out more about any aspect of the free physio service, call Lysanne Wilson, SHS Health Development Manager on 020 8858 3898 or email: