The Prosthetics Service, at Bristol Centre for Enablement, sees patients who have had an amputation or who have been born with a limb deficiency. We assess the suitability of every patient for an artificial limb and then make and fit it within our clinic. We also provide on-going support and advice with any issues related to your amputation or use of the prosthesis.
We cover the areas of Bristol, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and western parts of Wiltshire.
You will normally be referred into our service by your surgeon, GP or other member of your clinical team.
Your Initial Appointment (Primary Assessment)
The aim of your initial appointment is for the team to assess your potential for using an artificial limb. This may take up to 2-3 hours. If the assessment is for a child it is very helpful if both parents/carers attend, fo at least, the first appointment. You will be given lots of information and advice about how your child will be treated and managed over the coming years.
During your appointment please ask any questions you may have.
To help with your assessment please bring with you:
- A list of medication you are currently taking.
- Any medication you need to take whilst at the centre.
- Your wheelchair and its attachments (if applicable).
- Appropriate shoe.
- Snacks / change for refreshments.
If your assessment suggests you will benefit from an artificial limb then you will receive a series of futher appointments, at which you will be cast and fitted for your artificial limb by a prosthetist.