Specialist clinic Pace Rehabilitation has made moves to evolve its offering for amputees throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
The clinic, founded in 2003, was created with the goal of improving life for limb-loss patients.
It has treated almost 3,000 patients from across the UK during the past decade, and now employs 39 staff across two sites at Bredbury in Greater Manchester and Amersham in Buckinghamshire.
Recently, new technology used by the clinic enables patients who have lost part of their hand or fingers to have function restored.
Toby Carlsson, founding director of Pace Rehabilitation, said: “As well as the physical rehabilitation, we also provide psychological rehabilitation for patients who are often traumatised by the incident which led them up to seeing us and need treatment to help them cope mentally.
“All our work is aimed at enabling our patients to return to the quality of life they had before their life-changing incident.
“Anyone can become an amputee and we see people from all walks of life.
“Some patients have been involved in a motorcycle accident and need a lower limb amputation whilst others have sustained an upper limb injury at work.
“They all have one thing in common which is the need to get their lives back on track with minimum delay so they can go back to work and support their families.
“COVID-19 has certainly been a challenge for a business like ours which relies so heavily on physical appointments but we adapted quickly and we are experienced in preparing risk assessments for every aspect of our clinic environment and easing the journey for patients who are often already anxious.”
The clinic manufactures bespoke prosthetic devices in-house. Patients are assessed, measured and treated over several sessions to optimise their outcome.
As well as providing physical rehabilitation in the form of prosthetic and therapy input, the clinic also provides psychological support to safeguard the mental wellbeing of its patients who have often experienced a major traumatic event.
Carolyn Hirons, director and physiotherapist at Pace Rehabilitation, added: “Like many others in private clinical practice we have followed the guidelines set out by the government, professional bodies and NHS England and have responded to any changes to ensure we comply with all the necessary social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) protocols whilst we’re dealing with our patients.
“It’s certainly been a challenge but it is also hugely rewarding when we see people making progress in their rehabilitation and getting their life back after a major trauma, especially during this difficult time.
“Through the mix of practical steps we’ve taken at our clinics and technology such as the use of video consultations we’re fully prepared for the post-Covid business environment.
“We’re looking forward to continuing to work with firms and insurance companies in the ‘new normal’ in providing our services and support to amputees all over the UK.”