The Prosthetics service provides upper and lower limb prosthetics services to approximately 52% of Scotland’s population. It functions as a self contained area within WestMARC. The inpatients for this service are mainly based at The Southern General Hospital whilst outpatients, approximately 3,500, come mainly from Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Argyll, forth valley, Lanarkshire, Dumfries & Galloway and some other Scottish Health Boards. The service has an average number of outpatient appointments per year of 6,500.
This service provides medical clinics, ward rounds and multidisciplinary clinic where new patients and referrals, approximately 300 per year, are assessed.
Patients referrals are received by the service from:
· Primary patients referrals from the Southern General or other hospitals.
· Self referrals from existing patients and or carers.
· Referrals from GPs, Consultants and other Health Care Professionals
The Prosthetics Service provides life long prosthetics care for individuals with amputation and/or congenital absence of a limb. This may include patients with multiple level limb absence and/or complex clinical requirements.
The aim of our service is to provide a high quality, specialist in and out patient physiotherapy service for new and established adult and paediatric amputees, whilst promoting and developing expertise in prosthetic physiotherapy practice, education, research and audit.
Our custom built Gym and Courtyard facility is based within WestMARC We share these facilities and work closely with the specialist prosthetic Occupational Therapists, Prosthetists, Nurses, Clinical Psychologist, Bioengineers and Rehabilitation Consultants.
In addition to our individual physiotherapy treatments we run a weekly Information and Support Group, a Swimming Group and participate in WestMARC’s Pre-amputation Consultations, Gait Laboratory Assessments, Multidisciplinary Paediatric Clinic and Assessment Clinic for new amputees.
We take referrals from patients themselves, GPs, Amputating Surgeons, Rehabilitation Consultants, District Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists from throughout the West of Scotland.