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Telephone: 01942 244 000

Surgical Appliances (Orthotics)

Description of service
The main function of the surgical appliance service is to facilitate the treatment and rehabilitation of the patient.
This is achieved through an orthotic assessment for the need and the provision of a surgical appliance (orthoses) which, will either remedy or relieve a medical condition or a disability.
An orthosis may also prevent the development of a more disabling condition.
Examples of some of the Orthoses:

  • Footwear
  • Knee Braces
  • Compression Stockings
  • Abdominal Supports
  • Spinal Braces
  • Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO’s)

The service also offers a continuing programme of maintenance and repair once the orthoses have been supplied.


Who can access the service?
Patients of all age groups.


How can people access the service?
People can access the service via a consultant referral or the Musculoskeletal Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (MSK CATS) Team.
Children may also be referred to the service by the Children’s Therapy Team.


Where is the service offered?
The adult service if offered at the three main hospital sites; Wrightington Hospital, Wigan Infirmary and Leigh Infirmary.
A children’s service is offered at Platt Bridge Health Centre and Hope school (for children who attend the school).


Contact details
Leigh Infirmary – Platt Bridge 01942 264055
Wigan Infirmary – Hope School 01942 822309
Wrightington Hospital – 01257 256220
Surgical Appliances Co-ordinator – 01942 773089