polio2Advanced orthotic treatment dramatically improves patients’ mobility and prevents full-time wheelchair use.

With Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS) Day commenced underway on 20 October, the British Polio Fellowship has announced a new funding drive to assist patients with PPS in walking independently. The grant, which will be administered in partnership with the London Orthotic Consultancy (headquartered in Kingston-upon-Thames) is set to make a dramatic difference to patients who might otherwise face later life in a wheelchair.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor, new grants are available to fund the fitting, upgrading and modernising of calipers, KAFOs and similar orthotic devices. The treatment will be offered through the charity’s partnership with the London Orthotic Consultancy. Funding will initially be offered to patients living in the boroughs of Kingston and Richmond and some parts of Wimbledon – although applications for assistance will be considered on a case by case basis.“

“This is an exciting step forward in the treatment of PPS patients as they enter their senior years,” said Ahmad Butt, Head of Support Services at the British Polio Fellowship on announcing the new funding scheme today. “With correct treatment, there is no reason people with PPS cannot lead full and active lives. We are delighted to be working with the London Orthotic Consultancy to give more patients access to treatment that we know from our members has the potential to make a dramatic difference to mobility and enable them to maintain their independence and quality of life and help prevent full-time wheelchair use.”

Lead Orthotist at London Orthotic Consultancy, Sam Walmsley, added: “In my experience, most former Polio patients tend to be extremely capable in managing their condition and lead very active lives. We have been providing orthotic treatment in this area for a number of years. Of course, every case is individual, but it really is amazing the difference that modern, lightweight orthotics can make to our patients’ comfort, freedom of movement and quality of life. It’s an incredibly satisfying and rewarding area to be involved in.”

Patients interested in accessing funding should enquire by calling the British Polio Fellowship helpline on 0800 043 1935 or the website HERE. Patients can also contact LOC directly for initial advice.