Recently our Orthotist, Sam Walmsley, updated us on advances in Post Polio Syndrome orthotics. Now, LOC is delighted to announce that we’re partnering with the British Polio Fellowship to provide advanced orthotic treatments for even more people living with Post Polio Syndrome.
Thanks to the generosity of one of the Fellowship’s loyal donors, grants are now available to assist Post Polio Syndrome patients with seeking advanced orthotic treatment, which in many cases can prevent the need for full time wheelchair use by providing the support patients need to remain independently mobile.
Find out more about mobility upgrades for Post Polio Syndrome patients.
The initial funding is available for patients living in the boroughs of Kingston, Richmond and some areas of Wimbledon. Grants will be made available through the British Polio Foundation on a case by case basis. Any member of the Fellowship can apply for funding – but non-members are also eligible to seek help with meeting the cost of their orthotic treatment.
A combination of advances in gait assessment, lightweight materials and cutting edge manufacturing techniques results in orthotic treatments that can significantly improve mobility, comfort and independence.
They are patients like Raslan, aged 53. After undergoing orthotic treatment at LOC’s Kingston headquarters, Raslan recently told us: “I can walk again without the crutches which I had been using for the past three years. It is simply a wonderful feeling as my movements are less restricted now. My knees are able to bend at the right moment whilst walking – something I have never able to do before in my whole life.”
The British Polio Fellowship has been in existence for 76 years and currently serves the need of around 8,000 members all over the UK. Everyone at LOC is delighted to be entering into this important partnership, which we hope will facilitate new mobility and quality of life for many more patients living with Post Polio Syndrome.
If you believe you may be eligible to apply for a grant to fund post-polio orthotics, you can contact LOC directly. Or you can get in touch with the British Polio Fellowship by:
Visiting the British Polio Fellowship website.
Calling the helpline on 0800 043 1935.