A physiotherapist or physio helps you get active and strong again if you have a health issue or disability that affects your body's functions or makes it hard for you to move around freely. They also help you prevent injuries and illnesses.

Physios have skills to treat and prevent health problems involving joints, bones and soft tissue, the heart, chest and lungs and the brain and nervous system. Physios work in lots of different settings including hospitals, medical centres, marae, and in the home.

You can make an appointment with Ngati Porou Hauora physiotherapist Lorna Hughes by ringing (06) 864 6803.

Ngati Porou Hauora’s physiotherapist Lorna Hughes is available for consultations at Te Puia Springs Hospital every Wednesday.
Lorna, who was born and bred in Ruatoria, will spend half an hour with patients in the physiotherapy department. A therapy pool and small gym are available.

Patients can be referred to the service in a number of ways: by their GP, ACC, the rural health nurse, specialists or, patients can make contact themselves.

Once your appointment has been confirmed it is extremely important you turn up. Please contact us if you cannot make it as we may be able to allocate the time to someone else. Ring us on (06) 864 6803.

Once in the physiotherapy department Lorna will talk to you about your medical history and assess your health issue. She will discuss what you'd like to achieve from the treatment.

From there, she'll develop a treatment plan just for you. She will explain what it involves, what results you can expect, how long it'll take and any costs that may be applicable.

Lorna can give you guidance and recommendations you require to manage your condition. If needed, Lorna can see patients in their own home.