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Specialist prosthetics

Published on 07 February 2024

The Specialist Prosthetics Service is responsible for the assessment, prescription and provision of specialist prosthetic limbs. A single multidisciplinary team based on two sites provides this service. The service locations are West of Scotland Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre (WestMARC) at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, and the Southeast Mobility and Rehabilitation Technology (SMART) centre at the Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh.

What are specialist prosthetics?

Specialist prosthetics cover a wide range of specialist devices including, but not limited to:

  • microprocessor controlled knees
  • microprocessor controlled multi-articulating upper limbs
  • specialist foot and ankle joints
  • sporting limbs

The service is available to eligible prosthetic limb users resident in Scotland. It covers those who fall into the following:

  • armed forces veterans (recent discharges) who have had a specialist prosthesis fitted by the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), Stanford Hall
  • referral for assessment of armed forces amputees whose amputations are a result of service-attributable injuries. They'll also be currently attending a prosthetics centre in Scotland (the Armed Forces Covenant)
  • any other prosthetics service user currently resident in Scotland who fulfils the eligibility criteria