Children’s Orthotic Service
Assess to see if a mechanical device can keep a child mobile, reduce pain, or prevent any deformity in limbs or body.
- Children between 0 – 17 years (0 – 19 if attending Cedar or Rosewood School) in Southampton City Primary Care Trust area or the following areas of NHS Hampshire New Forest area (excluding Ringwood and Fordingbridge), Test Valley South and Eastleigh Southern Parishes.
- Children with neurological conditions which affects their mobility.
- Children with postural management needs.
- Children with a potential to develop contractures of tissue which may affect their range of joint movements
Referrals should be made on the standardised form which will be kept in the file. There is no requirement to repeat the physio / orthotic form each time unless there has been a change from the previous time.
Full service description
Orthotists are able to assess to see if a mechanical device, such as a splint or special footwear, can keep a child mobile, reduce pain, or prevent any deformity in their limbs or body.
The orthotist will measure the part of the body that the child needs to have an orthoses for and will decide on the best treatment. Orthoses or devices can be ordered from specialist providers or made specifically to suit the individual. The fitting is done a later appointment once the item has arrived.
Any orthoses must be worn as instructed. If there is a problem with the orthoses such as rubbing, pain, broken or damaged, too small or if the child is refusing to wear it, the parent or carer can contact the enquiry service to ask for help or a review appointment.
Other information & documentation
Appointments and general enquiries: Gemma Hirst
Tel: 023 8079 6657