Fife’s mobility and technology services consist of three key services: the wheelchair and postural management service, the artificial limb service and the orthotic service. Wheelchair services are provided by a consortium; SMART, based at the Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh. Artificial limb services [prosthetic services] are provided to patients by the SMART consortium but also by the prosthetic service based in Dundee’s Nine Wells Hospital. The orthotic service in Fife is based in Queen Margaret and Victoria Hospitals although there are also clinics held regularly at the Adamson and St Andrews hospitals as well as some clinics at other locations.
The aim of mobility services is to support the physically disabled in becoming as independently mobile as possible through provision of wheelchairs, artificial limbs or orthotic devices including footwear which will assist in that goal.
Not all the services have mobility improvement as their primary goal; some of the prosthetic and orthotic services will be more concerned with improving functional loss, prevention of further deformity or prevention of pain or further injury.