As well as providing specialist services for amputees and wheelchair users the Sussex Rehabilitation Centre in Brighton also has an orthotics department.
Following referral from a doctor, therapist or specialist nurse you will be assessed to see if an orthosis can help you. Sussex Rehabilitation Centre provides assessment, treatment and advice to people with neurological impairment, including Multiple Sclerosis, stoke, and traumatic brain injury.
For further information on orthotics follow this link to a range of patient advice leaflets produced by Blatchfords for NHS patients.
Patients who use the orthotics service at Sussex Rehabilitation Centre are,of course, very welcome to join Coasting Together, the user group for patients of Sussex Rehabilitation Centre.
Please find below links to the 2 new Wheelchair Service information leaflets.
The wheelchair service is available to people in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove who have a permanent need for a wheelchair, whether for everyday use or for occasional outings. Initial referrals to the service are made through your GP or a suitably qualified health or social care professional. If you are already registered with the wheelchair service, you can re-refer yourself to the service at any time.
If you click on the images below a full PDF copy of the leaflet will open up in your browser.
NHS England is responsible for planning and buying specialised services for people who need complex disability equipment. This includes all major upper and lower limb amputees and people with congenital limb deficiencies who have a potential to use prosthesis to help them mobilise or improve upper limb function.
They are currently reviewing a broad range of specialised services including prosthetics and working with patient groups and other key stakeholders over the next few months so that they can better understand how patients currently experience services, and where they feel care could be improved. As part of this process we had representatives from NHS England join us at our August meeting for a very useful discussion on this topic.
To ensure you receive regular updates about the prosthetics review directly, please sign up as a registered stakeholder for the Rehabilitation & Disability CRG (Clinical Reference Group).
You can do this directly at the NHS England website.
In partnership with Sport England, LimbPower have produced a useful series of toolkit videos that focus on five main areas:
Introduction to Exercise & Warm Up
Circuit Training & Stretching
Agility, Balance & Coordination
Strength & Conditioning
The videos are available via the LimbPower website or their YouTube channel.