The Orthotics department at Milton Keynes University Hospital supports patients of all ages, from our newborn babies through to our elderly population.
The core brief of the department is to choose, design and prescribe orthotic devices to support, control and improve the way the patient’s body or body segment works and to stop the symptoms that are being experienced. Patients are provided with their orthotic prescriptions after being visually assessed and measured by either a simple tape measure, negative plaster casting or 3D image scanning.
Our team work with patients with a wide variety of diagnosis, from heel pain to head protection for patients on the Autistic spectrum. Our experts see patients with pre or post-surgery concerns, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Stroke, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid and Osteo Arthritis and spinal concerns.
Aims of the service:
Expected outcomes for patients and their families:
What has changed as a result of COVID?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the service quickly adapted and continued to offer face-to-face appointments for those patients who required urgent care.
Since the UK lockdown restrictions were eased, the service has been able to get back to more ‘normal’ ways of operating and has seen a rise in demand from patients needing new orthotics, or repairs to their existing ones.
The team have further been welcoming new referrals from GPs across Milton Keynes, including Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and more. With the demand in our region growing all the time, the service is constantly looking for ways in which they can meet the increasing health needs of local people.
Quick fact: In 2019-2020, over 4,000 patients were seen by the Orthotics department (4,045).
Meet the team:
Stewart Alvis – Senior Orthotist
Stewart is a Senior Orthotist at MKUH, assessing and treating referred patients with an Orthosis, the international name for a device, brace or splint used to support, stabilise, protect and correct parts of the body and improve Musculo-skeletal alignment.
Stewart is the only Orthotist at MKUH and has worked alongside the Trust since 1996.
Rachel Bonsell – Orthotics patient pathway co-ordinator
Rachel is an Orthotics Patient Pathway Co-ordinator at MKUH and her job role includes booking and rescheduling appointments for patients, ordering stock, processing orders and ensuring that the rest of the team has the right information to support our patients.