Occupational Therapy Orthotics
Who are we?
We are a team based at Royal Preston Hospital (RPH) in the outpatient therapy department.
We have a Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist (OT), a number of Specialist OTs, Rotational Post Band 5 OTs and Senior Therapy Assistants, with a large skill mix.
Having such a vast amount of knowledge helps us deliver a client centred service with personalised care.
We are the only hospital in Lancashire who make the custom moulded collars and spinal braces.
Who do we see?
We see a range of patients, both paediatrics and adults, with a large variety of acute and chronic conditions. This includes:
- Preston and Chorley Hospital In-patients
- Patients from other hospitals in the North West
- Clinic patients
What do we do?
We assess each individual patient holistically, and provide an appropriate splint/brace for their needs.
Within our department we are able to make bespoke braces and splints directly moulded on the patient as well as provide off the shelf orthoses.
We also hand make and provide all the Deprivation of Liberty (DoLs) mitts for the hospital.
What is an orthosis?
“A brace, splint or other artificial external device serving to support the limb or spine to prevent or assist relative movement” (Oxford Dictionary, 2019).
Why Occupational Therapy?
“Occupational therapy provides practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities (or occupations) that matter to them” (RCOT, 2019).
Within this specialist area (Orthotics) the OT team problem solve the patient’s individual issues (fracture/pain etc.) by designing, making and implementing the orthosis to allow the patient to continue to do their Activities Of Daily Living (ADLs) safely.
“An occupational therapist will consider all of the patient’s needs - physical, psychological, social and environmental” (RCOT, 2019).
How to be seen by our service?
This is normally done by a referral sent by your GP or consultant.
Once we receive this we will book an appointment.
We see patients during clinics Mon-Fri. If this isn’t possible the next suitable appointment will be made, taking into account clinical urgency.
Examples of Orthoses
Tel: 01772 522380
Address: Royal Preston Hospital, Sharoe Green Lane, Preston, PR2 9HT
You can download a copy of our Orthotics Poster here
Occupational Therapy Orthotics Moulded Collar Re-line Video
If you are watching this video then either you or someone you know has been made a bespoke Moulded Cervical Collar in our department, by our Occupational Therapists. We hope everything is okay with the collar.
Please refer to your collar instructions if needed and if there are any issues or you have any questions, please ring us on 01772 522380.
The following video is going to show you how to reline the padding that is on your collar. This padding will need replacing over time to keep the collar comfortable, we recommend on average every two weeks. We advise that you do not reline your own collar, but instead ask someone to do this for you.
Please do not begin to reline the collar without checking you have enough pink and white padding. A pair of sharp scissors will make the task easier.