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Prosthetics and Physiotherapy

Prosthetics

The Prosthetics service provides upper and lower limb care to approximately 52% of Scotland’s population. Our clinics deliver life long prosthetic 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.

There is an on-site workshop where our technical team manufacture and repairs new and existing limbs. We provide medical clinics and a multidisciplinary clinic where new patients and referrals, approximately 300 per year, are assessed.

 The inpatients for this service are mainly based at The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital whilst outpatients, approximately 3,500, come mainly from Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Argyll, forth valley, Lanarkshire, Dumfries & Galloway and some other Scottish Health Boards.

Patient referrals are received by the service from:

  • Primary patient referrals from the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital or other hospitals.
  • Self referrals from existing patients and or carers.
  • Referrals from GPs, Consultants and other Health Care Professionals

WestMARC  serves as one of the locations for the Specialist Prosthetics Service. It is responsible for the assessment, prescription and provision of state-of-the-art (SOTA) prostheses. A single multidisciplinary team based over two sites, WestMARC and the SMART centre at Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh, deliver this national service for eligible limb users.

Service hours: Monday to Friday, 0830-16.30


Physiotherapy

The aim of our service is to provide a high quality, specialist outpatient physiotherapy service for new and established adult and paediatric patients who have had an amputation or limb loss.

The Team
Joanne Hebenton – Team Lead Physiotherapist
Nikki Porteous – Specialist physiotherapist
Damien McGovern – Specialist Physiotherapist
Lorraine Douglas – Support worker
Rotational Physiotherapist

What We Do
We aim to make patients as independent as possible whilst taking a goal centred approach. Gym sessions are held Monday to Friday which facilitates patients to use their prosthetic limb and improve their walking or transfers. Patients can also be provided with a home exercise programme for their walking, strength and balance.

We also have close links with the 3rd sector and work closely with Finding your Feet which are a Scottish based charity supporting people after amputation or limb loss finding your feet and Scottish Disability Sport Scotland among others.  The department is involved nationally, in 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 wider multidisciplinary team such as the Occupational Therapist, Prosthetists, Nurses, Clinical Psychologist and Bioengineers.

Other services we provide are: 

  • Information support groups
  • Group exercise classes
  • Running class
  • Pre amputation consultations
  • Gait laboratory assessments
  • Multidisciplinary paediatric clinics
  • Assessment for suitability for a prosthetic limb
  • Osseointegration service
  • Training and assessment for those referred to the Scottish Specialist Prosthetic Service which provides advanced prosthetic components via a national panel
  • Paediatric and young adult activity days (Yearly)

Who can refer
If a patient already attends WestMARC they can self refer for an appointment; otherwise a referral from their doctor, surgeon or any other health or social care professional who is involved with their care can complete the form.

Useful information and links

finding your feet

scottish disability sport

 

 

Last Updated: 12 January 2021