Our Prosthetics and Orthotics service works with people who need artificial limbs or custom-made foot supports as a result of an accident or birth abnormality.
Our Prosthetic and Orthotics team build and fit the most appropriate devices to ensure you can get back to doing everyday tasks like walking, holding a glass and dressing yourself.
We offer the following services:
- Prosthetic rehabilitation - our Royal Park Campus prosthetic service can offer a pre-surgery consultation and peer support services, as well as post-operative surgery support.
- Inpatient rehabilitation - our Prosthetic/Orthotic Service offers a complete upper and lower limb service for rehabilitation inpatients. The prosthetists work closely with other therapists to educate you kerrabout using their your rehabilitation prosthesis.
- Outpatient rehabilitation - following discharge, from the inpatient ward, you will continue to receive education and support about using your prosthesis.
- Amputee clinic - our amputee clinic is held on Thursday mornings. This clinic provides reviews and assessments to ensure your prosthetic/orthotic is working well as well as making any adjustments required.
- Orthotic services - the Prosthetic/Orthotic Service offers orthotic management for people in our rehabilitation ward, aged care and neurotherapy patients. Orthotic devices such as Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) and Foot Orthoses (FOs) are among many devices the service custom designs.
How to access this service
Hospital staff may discuss your eligibility for this service during your visit. Your GP will fax your referral to the hospital.
Once we receive the referral, we will contact you.
If there is a waiting list, we will advise you what to do.
What to bring
Every time you come to hospital
Every time you come to hospital for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:
- Medicare card
- Health Care card (if you have one)
- Concession card (if you have one)
- Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
- Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
- X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
- Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
- Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)
For a clinic appointment
If you come for a clinic appointment, you should also bring:
- Your letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- Your appointment book
- TAC or Workcover claim number
In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.