Dorset Orthopaedic is an independent provider of prosthetic, orthotic, silicone and rehabilitation services, which means the NHS does not cover the costs of their services. You may be able to use an NHS Personal Care Fund to pay for their service if you have one.
Established in 1989, Dorset Orthopaedic have been helping people with limb loss to lead an active lifestyle thanks to the use of cutting edge technology. They have a number of clinics around the country, where patients can be fitted and test out prosthetic limbs. Their physiotherapy team works as part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts, ensuring that patients get the most suitable components and knowledge to ensure they achieve maximum mobility and independence.
People who have suffered a limb loss can now, thanks to modern prosthetics, participate in most physical activities. However, finding a sport or activity you enjoy and can take part in locally can be quite daunting. LimbPower run multi sports events, as well as sport specific events where people can come along and try a new activity in a safe and fun environment.
As well multi sport introduction events, LimbPower also provide more dedicated services to help you get into activities such as archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, football, golf, horse riding, sailing, tennis, volleyball and windsurfing.
The Limbless Association provides information and support to the limb-loss community. They support individuals of any age, whether they are about to have an amputation or are already living with congenital or acquired limb-loss, and offer assistance and information to carers, family members and friends if they require it. They support both the civilian and military population, and work closely with other UK charities to provide the best overall service for each individual.
They also provide a national association of friends and contemporaries through the Limbless Association membership system, and provide a single, unified voice for the UK limb-loss community, creating a national union and alliance for UK prosthetic patients.
Useful contact details for most of the NHS prosthetic limb centres, local user groups and local activity based groups, like swimming clubs, can all be found on its website.
Pace Rehabilitation provides a coordinated service to individuals who have sustained limb loss and/or serious limb injury, allowing them to reclaim their lives following life-changing events. Pace clinicians deal with a multitude of different cases, a large proportion of which have involved major trauma, and their treatment is often funded by third party insurers.
Their rehabilitation teams have significant experience in everything from elite sports to everyday mobility issues. They have a number of clinics but can also visit you at home. Pace is a private company and their services will require funding, as they are not covered by the NHS.
This website originated in 2005 when new amputee, Diane Mulligan, met an existing amputee, Welly O’Brien, who inspired and supported her in coming to terms with her new body and new life. Diane hoped this resource will allow people to access some of the support that she and subsequent amputees have found so useful.
The website is there to support amputees and anyone with any type limb loss. It is a resource specific for patients in the Sussex area.
It has been written by users of Sussex Rehabilitation Centre but the information may be of help to other people too – for example relatives and friends assisting people with limb loss.