We are based in Colchester General Hospital, Gainsborough Wing (please see map below). The service within the Gainsborough Wing is provided in partnership with our NHS colleagues. The clinical team consists of both upper and lower limb prosthetists and a technician, who are provided by Opcare. The multidisciplinary team includes Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Orthotics and a vascular nurse. The Prosthetics Department accept referrals from GPs, Consultants and other Health Care Professionals.
The centre runs clinics on a weekly basis. A prosthetist and technician are available three days each week.
Prosthetic Department opening hours:
Office - Monday - Friday - 8.30am - 4.30pm
Prosthetist & Technician - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week
Physiotherapists - Monday - Friday
Prosthetic Service Classes
We have many classes through the different stages of your Prosthetic Rehabilitation.
On Mondays at 1.30pm we run a Falls Prevention class which is offered to patients who have a Prosthetic limb and are deemed to be at an increased risk of falls due to decreased balance.
On Wednesday's we have a Hydrotherapy session at 1.30pm, this is open to any amputee dependant on clinical need.
Thursdays at 1pm we have an advanced class for prosthetics users; this is for strengthening work and preparation for use of community gym equipment. The equipment available includes Exercise Bikes, Treadmills, Stairs, Small Trampoline, Rowing Machine and weights to build upper and lower limb strength.
On Thursdays at 2:00pm we have a class for amputees who are currently wheelchair users. This concentrates on upper arm strength, transfers and maintenance of joint range of movement.
Wheelchair assessments or repairs can be arranged via NEEWCS.
If you wish to speak to any member of the Prosthetics Department at Colchester Hospital please call 01206 742264 and we will be happy to help.