Job Title: Consultant
Department: Specialist Mobility Rehabilitation Centre (SMRC)
Telephone Number: 01772 523852
Primary Medical Qualification: MB ChB 1995 University of Manchester
Year of Registration: 1997
GMC Number: 4260480
We are the first in the UK to fit the world’s most advanced prosthetic knee
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's Specialist Mobility Rehabilitation Centre (SMRC) is the first place in the UK to fit a patient with the world’s most advanced prosthetic knee.
In 2010 the Murrison report was published, which saw the Government announce plans to invest £15 million to support and improve prosthetic services for military veterans. Following this staff at the SMRC have been working in partnership with the Veteran’s Prosthetic Panel and Ottobock, who have designed the new Genium X3, to lead the way in the next generation of prosthetics. It has been labelled “the world’s most technologically advanced prosthetic knee, providing the most natural movement possible.”
The new prosthetic knee is waterproof and is virtually impenetrable by dirt or dust. It also features never-seen-before features to allow users to move easily from walking to jogging to running, there is also a mute button so that the prosthesis can be silenced for things like meetings or trips to the cinema.
The Genium X3 also has an increased battery life of more than five days and comes with a Bluetooth remote control so that users can switch between modes with they’re on the move.
It offers more physical capabilities than any other prosthetic leg including walking backwards, cycling, climbing stairs and stepping over things.
Our first patient to be fitted with the new model is ex-serviceman Gregg Stevenson from Burnley. 29 year old Gregg lost both of his legs while serving as a Royal Engineer in Afghanistan in 2009. Gregg said: “I am so pleased to be the first person to use this new leg and I am so grateful to the staff at the SMRC for working so hard to get hold of this for me, way before anybody else has it. I have a young son so now I’ll be able to run around and play with him like other parents can, without having to switch between different limbs. Since I was injured I haven’t been able to go back to work as an engineer because the prosthetic legs that I was using before really limited my movement, but now I’m hoping to get back to work, it’s fantastic.”
I have a young son so now I’ll be able to run around and play with him like other parents can
Dr Fergus Jepson, Consultant at the SMRC said: “It’s so pleasing to see a young man who is a double amputee, as a result of fighting for his Country, being given a new lease of life thanks to this amazing new technology. We know how much this will enhance Gregg’s life and give him new opportunities and we are so proud to be the first centre in the UK to provide this piece of kit for one of our patients.”
Clips of Greg using his knee