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Orthotics

Welcome to the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Orthotics service clinicians and colleagues page.

If you are a patient who requires information about the service please click on the link below:

ORTHOTICS PATIENT INFORMATION PAGE

 


Who are we?

The Orthotics service is made up of 16 Orthotists, 3 clinical assistants, 8 administrative staff and 6 technicians. Our administrative and technical staff work at our hub which is Gartnavel General Hospital. We have a small manufacturing lab on site at Gartnavel.

Our clinical team work across 8 acute hospital sites in Greater Glasgow and Clyde. We deliver service in Acute only, we have no community service. We see both Inpatients and Outpatients.


What does an Orthotist do?

Orthotists are autonomous registered practitioners who provide gait analysis and engineering solutions to patients with problems of the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal (MSK) systems.

Their qualifications make them competent to design and provide orthoses that modify the structural or functional characteristics of the patients’ neuro-muscular and MSK systems enabling patients to mobilise, eliminate gait deviations, reduce falls, reduce pain, prevent and facilitate healing of ulcers.

They treat patients with a wide range of conditions including Diabetes, Arthritis, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Spina Bifida, Scoliosis, MSK, sports injuries and trauma. Whilst they often work as autonomous practitioners they increasingly form part of multidisciplinary teams such as within the diabetic foot team or neuro-rehabilitation team.


How do you refer to Orthotics?

Outpatient referrals:

- ALL Healthcare Professionals with access to Trakcare

Option 1 - Create a Referral Letter and send to:
Orthotic Department, Lower Ground Floor, Gartnavel General Hospital

Option 2 - Send an Internal Referral- click link below
Trakcare Guide to creating Internal Referrals (Please note that this link is for NHSGGC users only).

- ALL Healthcare Professionals without access to Trakcare

Download the electronic referral form
Orthotics Referral Form (User not on Trak)

Save the form and email to: [email protected]

Patients can also Self-Refer to Orthotics by calling the AHP Referral Management Centre on 0141 347 8909

Inpatient referrals:

Use the others workbench
Choose the ‘other’ tab
Search for ‘Orthotics Inpatient Referral’


What should be included in Inpatient referrals?

  • Relevant detail to allow us to bring an appropriate device with us to the ward if possible. E.g clothing size, shoe size, left or right. Accurate location of problem.
  • If ulcers: location, shoe size, left or right.
  • If traumatic fractures: what level, stable/unstable. Build of patient.
  • Accurate contact details
  • Expected discharge dates.

Profession Specific Resources

DEBOP or Database of Evidence Based Orthotic Practice

NHSGGC Foot and Ankle Pathways

NHS GGC Spinal Clinical Decision Support Tool

Trakcare Guide to creating Internal Referrals

Orthotics Practice Improvement Network

Health and Wellbeing Directory


Occupational Referrals

How can you be seen by the Orthotics Team?

You can self refer to the Orthotics department by contacting the RMC: 0141 347 8909.

Contact Hours: Mon - Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am - 1pm.

If you don’t live in the catchment area of NHSGGC make sure you tell RMC you are a staff member or they will advise you to go to your home health board for treatment.