More money to help military amputees at Leicester centre
A centre that helps ex-servicemen and women who have lost limbs is to get more money from the Government.
Leicester Specialist Mobility Centre, run by Blatchford Clinical Services, at Meridian Business Park, Thorpe Astley, is one of nine firms that will share a total of £11 million.
The cash, provided over the next two years, is to help veterans get top-quality prosthetics and rehabilitation.
Health minister Dr Dan Poulter said: "Ex-servicemen and women who have been injured in the line of duty deserve the best possible care from the NHS.
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"This is why we are making more funding available to improve veterans' prosthetic limb services."
The announcement of the funding followed recommendation, made by MP Dr Andrew Murrison in a report – commissioned by the Prime Minister – about the provision of prosthetics for military amputees.
Dr Murrison recommended that a small number of multi-disciplinary centres should provide specialist prosthetic and rehabilitation services, to ensure veterans have access to a similar, high quality of care to that which the Armed Forces provides.
James Quinn, NHS Midlands and East medical director, said: "We are delighted that three centres of excellence within the Midlands and East region have been singled out for extra funding to support the vital work they are doing in helping to rehabilitate injured veterans."
Julie Croysdale, service manager at the Leicester centre, said: "The additional funding and improvements will benefit all our patients, as well as making sure we can help the veterans achieve the independence they want."