Prosthetics Rehabilitation Service

The Prosthetics Rehabilitation Service is based at the Thornberry Centre, Derriford, Plymouth and sees patients of any age who have had an amputation or who have been born with a limb deficiency.

The Prosthetics Rehabilitation Service assesses the suitability of patients for a prosthesis (artificial limb) and then develop, fit and supply it within our clinic. We provide rehabilitation and  lifelong ongoing support with any issues related to amputation or use of prosthesis. This is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team led by a consultant in rehabilitation medicine and consists of prosthetists, technicians, physiotherapist, nurse and other allied health professionals.

Staff are committed to ensuring that patients are given the opportunity, within the limitations of equipment issued, to achieve their full potential in terms of mobility and independence.

The aim of the service is to meet the individual needs of our patients, to allow them to return to their pre-morbid activities (wherever possible), or achieve the best outcome for their condition. This could be enabling a return to a sport like golf, running or swimming. The service also provides repairs and maintenance of the prosthesis.

We accept referrals from health care professionals for new patients, and an established patient can refer themselves into the service.

Amputees and limb deficient patients are 'patients for life', therefore it is extremely important that they receive continuity of care from their local Prosthetic Centre.

The service is provided for all children from birth and adults of all ages in the following groups:

  • Patients who have undergone amputation of a limb or multiple limbs, at any level, due to disease, trauma or malformation
  • Patients who are about to have or who are considering the option of elective amputation of a limb (pre-operatively)
  • Patients with congenital limb absence or deficiency


The service will provide a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach which will, within resources:

  • Enable patients who have undergone amputation to achieve their maximum potential in terms of:
    - mobility
    - independence in their required activities of daily living
    - participation in work, education, social, leisure and personal life activities
    - achievement of individual rehabilitation goals
  • Provide life long care and continuity of the ongoing provision and proactive, preventative maintenance of prosthetic limbs
  • Provide advice and support for amputees and people with congenital limb loss, including those who are not able, or choose not, to wear a prosthesis
  • Be cost effective and measurable with specific emphasis on quality of life measures