Orthotics is concerned with the design, manufacture and application of externally applied devices (orthoses) onto the body. It is focussed on providing remedy or relief to a medical condition or disability, and may prevent the development of more disabling conditions.
What do Orthotists do?
Orthotists are registered practitioners trained in designing and providing orthoses that modify the structural or functional characteristics of the patient’s neuro-muscular and skeletal systems. This enables patients to mobilise, reduces falls and pains, and prevents and facilitates healing of ulcers. Orthotists treat people with a wide range of conditions including Diabetes, Arthritis, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Spina Bifida, Scoliosis, sports injuries and trauma.
The Orthotics department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Foundation Trust is serviced by 2 highly skilled orthotists who cover a wide range of orthoses including upper and lower limb appliances, corsets, breast prosthesis and complex footwear i.e. insoles.
Comprehensive, personalised advice is given to every patient who accesses our service, and we work hard to ensure that through assessment, care, and provision of appropriate orthoses, we are able to improve our patients’ quality of life.
Our Orthotics department runs 20 clinics a week from Monday- Friday. We offer a range of clinics, including adult, paediatric, spinal, and breast prosthesis clinics. We also offer a Cromer clinic.
Please note that the Norfolk and Norwich University Foundation Trust works on the basis of an 18 week pathway. For this reason, if you cancel an appointment more than once, or fail to attend without giving notice, you will be removed from our outpatient waiting list and returned to the care of your GP.
Note re Surgical Footwear Repair
When patients bring in their surgical footwear for repairs please make sure they are in a clean condition as failure to do so means they will not be sent to the repairs company
Statutory Prescriptions (Charges)
Please be aware that statutory prescriptions do apply for some products and therefore these are not free of charge. In most cases, the products which have a statutory prescription are wigs, abdominal supports, compression hosiery and corsets.
All prescription charges must be paid in advance before your appointment will be allocated.
The prescriptions are as follows:
|Surgical abdominal support||£44.55|
|Stockings (per pair)||£18.00|
|Full human hair wig||£282.00|
|Monday||09:00 – 16:30|
|Tuesday||09:00 – 16:30|
|Wednesday||09:00 – 16:30|
|Thursday||09:00 – 16:30|
|Friday||09:00 – 12:30 (For pre-booked appointments only)|
Main Telephone Number: 01603 287441
Fax Number: 01603 287444
How to Find Us
The department is located on Level 2 in the East Block
Please use the East Out-patients entrance/s and follow the signs to Orthotics
If you are coming by car and need to park, the closest carpark/s are G, H, I