Multiple Limb Disability

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 29th June 2004.

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Photo of Iris Robinson Iris Robinson DUP, Strangford

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what specialist medical facilities exist to support children and adults with congenital multiple limb disability.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

There is a wide range of services for children and adults with congenital limb deficiency both at Musgrave Park Hospital and at other hospitals throughout Northern Ireland.

A small number of orthopaedic surgeons specialise in care for children with limb deficiency, and work collaboratively with plastic surgeons on these issues.

In the Ulster Hospital there is a Congenital Hand Clinic for patients with upper limb deficiency and the Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine from Musgrave Park Hospital attends this clinic quarterly.

The Prosthetic Service at Musgrave Park Hospital includes a multi-disciplinary team who assist with the provision, rehabilitation and maintenance of artificial limbs for both adults and children.

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