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Johnny Mercer MP visits Plymouth Prosthetics Rehab Service

22nd June 2017

On 16 June, Johnny Mercer MP visited the Thornberry Centre, Plymouth’s prosthetics rehabilitation service run by Livewell Southwest CIC and based at Derriford, Plymouth.

The prosthetics rehabilitation service sees people of any age who have had an amputation or who have been born with a limb deficiency. At the Thornberry Centre, Livewell Southwest provides assessment for prosthesis (artificial limbs) and then develops, fits and supplies it within the clinic. The service provides rehabilitation and lifelong support for people with prosthetic limbs, delivered by a ‘multi-disciplinary’ team providing holistic care.

Mr Mercer was invited to visit the centre by Ray Robins, Chair of the Patient User Group at the Thornberry Centre. Staff at the centre showed Mr Mercer how prosthetics are made at the on-site workshop and talked about how the prosthetic service delivers care to people in Plymouth.

Speaking after the visit, Mr Mercer said: “It was great to get up to the Thornberry Centre in my constituency today. Prosthetic care has come on a long way. However, I am concerned that before my time as an MP, Plymouth missed out on the Murrison funding for veterans’ prosthetics*. I am determined to ensure that the advanced in prosthetics available for veterans are reflected in what is provided for all prosthetics patients in Plymouth. They do fantastic work at the Thornberry Centre, and I am enormously grateful for what they do.”

Of the visit, Mr Robins, said: “It was great to show Mr Mercer around the centre and to give him a better understanding of the vital services that are provided here.”

Gary Parfitt, Prosthetic & Orthotics Manager at Livewell Southwest said: “The team and service users of Livewell Southwest’s prosthetics rehabilitation service were delighted to be able to demonstrate to Mr Mercer some of the fantastic work that is done for the local amputee population as well as highlight the challenges faced in providing such a specialist service.”

Find out more about the Thornberry Centre here: http://www.livewellsouthwest.co.uk/services/prosthetics