The Wheelchair and Seating Service is the largest service provided by Westmarc with a caseload exceeding 45,000 wheelchair users. Clinics are conducted within the Centre and at many satellite locations in hospitals and schools across the West of Scotland. Developments in recent years include the integration of the previously contracted repair, refurbishment and modification programmes, the installation of a new integrated IT system, establishment of multidisciplinary paediatric wheelchair clinics and the development of manufacturing base for seating and modifications. There has been significant growth in the therapy and bioengineering team over the last four years from 4 to 17 and there is progress in delivering the service more locally across the West of Scotland area.
The Prosthetics Service is the next largest service with a caseload of approximately 3,000 patients. Recently the population of amputees treated by Westmarc has increased as the University of Strathclyde has transferred all of it’s clinical service to the NHS. There are now 9 prosthetists and 11.5 technicians employed on the Otto Bock contract with the establishment of a new NHS post of Lead Prosthetist to improve the leadership and co-ordination of the service. There is a Prosthetic User Group where amputees join with Centre staff to discuss the service provision. There are also close links with the Murray Foundation, a Scottish-wide amputee support group.
The National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics of the University of Strathclyde (NCPO) carry out clinical activity within WESTMARC to permit training of students and to enable staff to investigate new techniques.
The Environmental Control Service provides services to patients within the Greater Glasgow Health Board area. This service enables people with severe disabilities to independently control their home environment including door-entry, intercom, telephony, a-v equipment, heating and lighting.
The Neurobiomechanics Service supports patients with complex gait problems by integrating the assessment and planning of medical, therapy and orthotic interventions making use of a range of simple and complex gait analysis equipment.
The Scottish Centre of Technology for the Communication Impaired (SCTCI), although managed separately, is also located within WESTMARC. This Centre provides an assessment and advisory service across Scotland.