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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.

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Referral criteria

  • 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:


Tel: 023 8079 6657

Contact Information

0300 300 2019

Single Point Access, Better Care Centre, William Macleod Way, Southampton, SO16 4XE

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

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0800 013 2319

*Lines are open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

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Phone: 0300 123 3919

*Subject to any exemptions which apply, we are obliged to provide the information requested please note that requests for Personal Information is not covered under this Act and should be applied for through the Data Protection Act 1998.

Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
SO19 8BR

If you require a printable version of how to find us including bus times, car access and bike info please download our leaflet. (Copyright of Highpoint Venue).

Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

*Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact the Communications Team at:

0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

The Communications Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.