Orthotics

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What is it?

Where do we offer this service?

When do we offer this service?

Who should you contact?

 

What is it?

Part of our Therapy services, the aim of the Orthotics service is to help with the treatment and rehabilitation of patients by providing specially-designed devices or ‘orthoses’ worn on the body. These are to either fix or relieve a medical condition or disability and may prevent the development of more disabling conditions. These could include:

 

  • Footwear (made to measure and shoe alterations)
  • Lumbar supports
  • Knee braces
  • Insoles
  • Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFOs)
  • Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO)
  • Elbow clasps
  • Wrist splints
  • Collars or helmets
  • Hosiery
  • Wigs.

 

An Orthotist helps care for children and adults by assessing, advising and providing the orthosis that will help with the motion of one or more joints. They will do the following:

 

  • Carry out a full biomechanical evaluation of the patient’s needs
  • Design and take measurements required (which may include a plaster cast)
  • Provide full manufacturing specifications
  • Fit the finished device. 

 

You may receive your orthosis at your first appointment as we carry a large range of stock orthoses, but more often it will be specifically ordered and made for you and a second appointment will be required to fit it. The Orthotist will explain to you what you should expect from your orthosis as well as when and how to wear it.

 

We have a Technical Instructor who assists the Orthotists and is fully trained to carry out assessments and provide orthoses for certain conditions.

 

We also run a weekly wig-fitting clinic for people who are suffering hair loss due to medical treatment such as chemotherapy or a medical condition such as alopecia. Our hairdresser has a selection of modern hair pieces for you to try. 

 

You may need to pay for some items – prescription charges are displayed in the department. If you are exempt from charges, we will need proof and may ask you to complete a form.

 

Our Therapy services also include:

 

 

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Where do we offer this service?

We are part of Therapy Services and general Orthotic clinics run on all three of our hospital sites.

 

We run Specialist Orthotic clinics with the help of Paediatric Physiotherapists within Children’s Centres and Spinal Physiotherapists within the Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injuries Centre.

 

Clinics are also provided within certain schools and the Learning Disability Centre at Dewsbury and District Hospital.

 

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When do we offer this service?

  • Dewsbury and District Hospital – clinics are held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
     
  • Pinderfields Hospital – clinics are held every Monday*, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
    *Please note, this clinic only runs 8.30am to 12pm.
     
  • Pontefract Hospital – clinics are held every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday**, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
    **Please note, this clinic runs every two weeks.


Wig clinics are currently held every Tuesday morning at Pontefract Hospital.

We also run a spinal clinic on a Tuesday morning at Pinderfields Hospital.

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Who should you contact?

You may contact the following for further information:

 

Orthotic Reception – 01924 542969

Karen Speight – Supervisor – 01924 546497

Katherine Ainge – Team Leader – 01924 546495

Karen Steel – Service Manager – 01924 546496