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Welcome to the department.


Our Orthotics Department is an outpatient clinic where you will be 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 parts of your body.

Our clinics run at the following times:

Monday:           8.30am-3.30pm
Tuesday:           8.30am-5.30pm
Wednesday:     8.30am-3.30pm
Thursday:         8.30am-3.30pm
Friday:              8.30am-1.30pm

How to get here

The department can be found in South block on level 2 and the reception area is situated directly across from the Plaster Room. 

Staff details

Directorate Manager: Jill Gillespie-Shahabi
Clinical and Service Lead:
Nick Gallogly
Declan Oldfield
Eilidh Salisbury
Junior Orthotist: Mary Jones
Patient Pathway Co-Ordinator: Fiona Hearn
Patient Pathway Co-Ordinator: Jade Goddard
Patient Pathway Support: Teresa Kelly

Any other information

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.

Surgical/orthopaedic footwear
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. Subsequent shoes, if required, can be obtained with a new referral from your GP.

Shoe adaptions
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.

Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs)
You are entitled to one single AFO or one pair of AFOs depending on your requirement. For children, these will be replaced with growth. For adults, these can be repaired as required. 

Spinal/abdominal supports
You are entitled to two supports; one to wash, one to wear. Once these become worn, you will need to obtain a new referral to obtain a new one.

Useful contacts


South Block
Royal Berkshire NHS
Foundation Trust
London Road
Reading RG1 5AN

0118 322 7552


    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust,
    London Road,
    RG1 5AN
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    Tel: 0118 322 5111
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