Orthotics, or Surgical Appliances as the subject is often called, is the supply and fitting of an externally applied device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuro-muscular and skeletal system.

The orthotic service in this Trust principally involves the supply and fitting of orthopaedic footwear, a range of callipers, splints, surgical collars and the supply of wigs.

Patients are referred via the clinician who is treating them in this Trust. The Surgical Appliance Department does not accept referrals directly from GPs who must refer patients to a hospital clinician.

Once patients are referred to Surgical Appliances, they are assessed by trained orthotists and supported by a surgical appliance officer and technicians based at St Peterís Hospital.

Jane Saunders and Manning and Salts Healthcare each supply the services of a trained orthotist at St Peterís Hospital and Ashford and St Peterís Hospitals NHS Trust employs the surgical appliance officer and technical support staff.

The Appliance office is open between 9:00am and 4:00pm and they can be contacted on 01932 722007 (Monday to Friday). The office can be found at St. Peterís Hospital, along the Ramp corridor that leads to the Duchess of Kent Wing.

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