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Orthotics

Orthotics is a specialty within the medical field concerned with the design, manufacture and application of externally applied devices (formally termed as “orthoses” but sometimes called “splints” or “braces”) onto the body. These are used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuromuscular and skeletal system.

The Orthotics Department at RNOH is supported by a team of experienced orthotists and orthoses are manufactured on site in the centre's workshops. We specialise in assessing and managing complex problems and work with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, especially orthopaedic surgeons and physiotherapists.

A selection of patient information materials is available covering some of the services and orthoses we provide. These are available to view and download on the Patient information guides, then scrolling down to 'Orthotics' in the menu.

Locations

The main Orthotics Department is located on the hospital site at Stanmore. A satellite Orthotics Department also operates at Bolsover Street Central London Assessment Centre.

Range of services

Paediatric orthotics
Diabetic orthotics
Polio limb dysfunction
Scoliotic spine
Complex lower limb conditions or deformities
Rheumatoid arthritis
Neurological orthotics and spinal cord injury
Brachial Plexus Management

Staff

Prosthetics & Orthotics Operational Manager:
Clare Tamsitt

Clinical Lead Orthotist:
Donna McGuigan

Senior Orthotists:
Jim Ashworth Beaumont
Eileen Reinhardt
Jamie Halliday

Orthotists:
Fiona Burgess
Holly Phimister
Rosina Howaston
Deanna Smith

Our orthotists are all registrants of the Health & Care Professions Council (UK professional regulatory body). They are fully qualified to degree level or equivalent, and have extensive experience in all areas of orthotic treatment.

Special Interests

Donna McGuigan - Scoliosis, spinal cord injury and polio
Eileen Reinhardt - Polio, Brachial plexus and scoliosis
Jim Ashworth-Beaumont - Neuro-rehabilitation including spinal cord injury, rehabilitation, diabetic, sports medicine and healthcare research
Jamie Halliday - Paediatrics, spinal cord injuries and KAFO’s
Holly Phimister - Scoliosis, foot & ankle conditions and myeloma
Fiona Burgess - Spinal cord injury, foot & ankle conditions and scoliosis
Rosina Howatson - Scoliosis, myeloma and foot & ankle conditions
Deanna Smith - Scoliosis, foot & ankle conditions and myeloma

Referrals

GPs can refer patients directly to the department or via an RNOH orthopaedic consultant.

Letters must indicate whether the case is considered urgent or non urgent. Please clearly address referrals to ‘Orthotics administration: referrals’.

Transportation

Patients who need transport should call the Trust's transport assessment team on 020 7188 2888

Discharge policy

Once orthotic intervention has been provided and reviewed, patients will be referred back to their GP. Subsequent referrals will need a new GP referral.

Key contacts

Stanmore Orthotics department reception: 020 8909 5418
Bolsover Street Orthotics department reception: 020 7391 4225

Staff and patients email address: rnoh.orthotics@nhs.net

Orthotic & Prosthetic Users Stanmore (OPUS)

OPUS is a voluntary users group working alongside the RNOH to provide an effective forum for all RNOH Orthotic and Prosthetic Department users, their families and carers. OPUS aims to establish a network of peer support and a positive working relationship between users, centre clinicians and the Trust, providing opportunities for feedback, voicing concerns and sharing ideas.

Visit the OPUS website for more information, or email us.

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