"Using Orthotic services"
About: Scottish Ambulance Service / Patient Transport Service Scottish Ambulance Service Patient Transport Service EH12 9EB Stirling Community Hospital / Orthotics Department Stirling Community Hospital Orthotics Department FK8 2AU
Posted by Nearby609 (as ),
MS Patient – Primary Progressive
Looking to get alternative splint for lower limb as current one is very hard /stiff
Currently my foot doesn’t lift well – have investigated an electrical stimulator (aids drop foot ) – England and Wales patients get these on NHS – Scotland doesn’t.
People do need to see if they are suitable for it and to do that they need to go to Glasgow where they test for suitability. To be able to get, one would need to buy personally or get a grant: - Cost is £700
Lynne here at the Orthotics department has been fantastic.
Splint is made for me but there are issues with it as it goes right down to my toes therefore it means my shoes become an issue making a difference of a shoe size between the left and right foot.
Something a bit lighter would help or more options available.
My family feel the splint is unsafe and can cause me to topple or stagger.
I understand it may be all they have (NHS) but that’s all that’s suitable for me………
Lady on reception is lovely and nothing is too much bother.
I was collected by ambulance today. The ambulance service call a few days ahead to check to see if I need a 1 or 2 driver pickup. At the time I said I only needed one and could get into the ambulance myself, but today I struggled to get into the vehicle. The driver today was really helpful and on arrival got a wheelchair for me and took me out of the ambulance on the rear ramp. He also radioed ahead to notify the ambulance service that I would need more assistance on returning home.