Welcome to the Orthotics Department
The Orthotic service provides a comprehensive assessment and treatment
pathway for those referred to us by consultants and GPs; both as inpatients and
We treat and rehabilitate patients by providing orthoses
to aid movement, correct deformity, help heal injuries and relieve pain and
Our department can be found at Junction
3, Level C of Rotherham Hospital.
This is on the same floor as the main entrance near physiotherapy and
occupational therapy. The service's outpatient clinics are held here.
Who do we see?
We see and treat patients of all ages from all clinical areas including:
The service provides a wide range of orthotic devices including
footwear, functional foot orthoses, insoles, ankle foot orthoses (AFOs), KAFOs
(full length callipers), upper limb, spinal, head & neck, abdominal
supports and hosiery.
The Orthotic Department also facilitates the supply of NHS wigs to those who
require them; patients are seen at NHS approved suppliers by a professional
hairdresser trained in Wig provision.
The service accepts
referrals from all clinical specialties within the Acute Trust and has operated
a successful GP direct access protocol for the past 20-years.
We also accept referrals from out of area GPs and from consultants from other trusts
Consultants - can refer directly to orthotics for both inpatients and
outpatients using the Orthotic Referral Form which can be found on the Hub or
below. You can fill this in electronically and email or drop this into the
Other Department staff can referrer on behalf of a consultant with permission
GP’s - General Practitioners can refer directly to orthotics via choose &
book, or via direct letter or email to the department. Patients may also be
seen in Orthotics if they are referred via the MSK pathway.
At the Orthotics Department we can assess for and provide one of several
devices that are subject to a NHS prescription charge.
Goods that are subject to a prescription charge are:
- Compression hosiery – Standard
prescription rate, paid per stocking
- Fabric supports – Higher
Prescription rate, paid per support
- Wigs – Wig rate,
variable depending on type
If you are attending the department to be assessed for a device which
carries a prescription charge this will be indicated on your initial
Current prescription charges can be found on the NHS website and payment can be
taken in cash, cheque (made payable to R.F.T NHS Trust) or via card.
If you are exempt from the prescription charge, we ask you bring your
exemption details to your appointment. If you are unsure if you are exempt
please use this exemption checker
If you require multiple prescriptions you may be better off with a
prescription pre-payment certificate (PPC), For more information about these
see the NHS Business Website
As a department we appreciate all feedback given as this helps us
improve our service. We also enjoy hearing about your positive experiences and
thanks are always passed on to staff.
We have a feedback box in our waiting room or feedback can be given directly to
Alternatively feedback can be given to the Patient Experience Team on
01709 424461 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.