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The West Midlands Amputee Support Group offers advice and puts you in touch with the right people. They help with peer support, home adaptation, benefit issues, legal issues, sport and recreation, transport issues, getting back to work and daily living issues. They offer support by meeting other amputees to share information and socialise with other families through various activities including; sports, day trips, holidays, gardening, fund raising events, social and family evenings.
Dorset Orthopaedic is an independent provider of prosthetic, orthotic, silicone and rehabilitation services, which means the NHS does not cover the costs of their services. You may be able to use an NHS Personal Care Fund to pay for their service if you have one.
Established in 1989, Dorset Orthopaedic have been helping people with limb loss to lead an active lifestyle thanks to the use of cutting edge technology. They have a number of clinics around the country, where patients can be fitted and test out prosthetic limbs. Their physiotherapy team works as part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts, ensuring that patients get the most suitable components and knowledge to ensure they achieve maximum mobility and independence.
People who have suffered a limb loss can now, thanks to modern prosthetics, participate in most physical activities. However, finding a sport or activity you enjoy and can take part in locally can be quite daunting. LimbPower run multi sports events, as well as sport specific events where people can come along and try a new activity in a safe and fun environment.
As well multi sport introduction events, LimbPower also provide more dedicated services to help you get into activities such as archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, football, golf, horse riding, sailing, tennis, volleyball and windsurfing.
The Limbless Association provides information and support to the limb-loss community. They support individuals of any age, whether they are about to have an amputation or are already living with congenital or acquired limb-loss, and offer assistance and information to carers, family members and friends if they require it. They support both the civilian and military population, and work closely with other UK charities to provide the best overall service for each individual.
They also provide a national association of friends and contemporaries through the Limbless Association membership system, and provide a single, unified voice for the UK limb-loss community, creating a national union and alliance for UK prosthetic patients.
Useful contact details for most of the NHS prosthetic limb centres, local user groups and local activity based groups, like swimming clubs, can all be found on its website.
The Midland Association for Amputees and Friends (MAAF) provides an information service to assist with any problems amputees, people with vascular disabilities and older people have difficulty with, particularly those concerning access, benefits, transport and holidays.
Pace Rehabilitation provides a coordinated service to individuals who have sustained limb loss and/or serious limb injury, allowing them to reclaim their lives following life-changing events. Pace clinicians deal with a multitude of different cases, a large proportion of which have involved major trauma, and their treatment is often funded by third party insurers.
Their rehabilitation teams have significant experience in everything from elite sports to everyday mobility issues. They have a number of clinics but can also visit you at home. Pace is a private company and their services will require funding, as they are not covered by the NHS.