Welcome to the department.
The Orthotics Department is an outpatient clinic where people are assessed by specialist staff for the provision of orthoses (appliances).
An orthosis is externally and directly fitted to the body to support, correct, compensate or accommodate for physical deformity / weakness, skeletal muscular or neuro muscular abnormalities. Orthoses may also be used to protect body segments.
Please refer to your appointment letter.
We are in South Block.
Directorate Manager: Jill Gillespie-Shahabi
Clinical lead: Nick Gallogly
Junior Orthotist: Declan Oldfield.
You are entitled to two functional pairs of shoes; one to wear and one to repair. Only customised footwear or footwear with modified or adapted sole units will be repaired by the department. The responsibility of repairing prescribed footwear lies with you the patient. The department does provide a private repair service if you wish to have them repaired by us. Subsequent shoes, if required, can be obtained with a new referral from your GP.
You are entitled to two supports; one to wash, one to wear. Abdominal and spinal supports are charged at the national prescription fee. Subsequent supports can be obtained, if required, with a new referral from your GP.
These are transferable from shoe to shoe and only one pair will be supplied. When you feel they are no longer providing adequate support you need to ask your GP to make a new referral for you to see the Orthotist.
Two stockings/pairs will be supplied. One to wash and one to wear.
You are entitled to have three pairs of shoes altered every 12 months. We are happy to have further shoes adapted for you but this will be at your expense.
Royal Berkshire NHS
Reading RG1 5AN
0118 322 7552