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:
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.
Directorate Manager: Jill Gillespie-Shahabi
Clinical and Service Lead: Nick Gallogly
Orthotist: Declan Oldfield
Orthotist: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Royal Berkshire NHS
Reading RG1 5AN
0118 322 7552