The open day followed the successful launch of Odstock Medical Limited - the first NHS owned limited company in England to market a service worldwide – and gave patients and commissioners the opportunity to find out more about its revolutionary devices.
Income generated by the company will be used to further research in this clinical area and create new developments that will help NHS patients in this country.
Professor Ian Swain, Director of Clinical Science and Engineering at Salisbury District Hospital said: “Professor Granville was the leading authority on rehabilitation from the mid to late 20th Century so it was a pleasure for him to come along and see the success of the service in the new building that bears his name. FES in Salisbury started off as a small research project in the 1970s and has now become a major worldwide service that has already helped thousands of NHS patients in this country and will expand to help others.”
“FES involves the use of either external or implanted electrical stimulators that produce contractions in muscles that have been paralysed following a stroke, spinal cord injury, head injury or conditions such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP).”
“Although FES is not a ‘cure’, it does help improve the quality of life for people with specific conditions by providing an alternative way of getting over a particular problem. Our scientists and clinical engineers have an international reputation for high quality work and have been in the forefront of research into FES developing new devices that have helped many thousands of people in this country.”
Jon Lewis, Chief Executive of Odstock Medical Ltd said: “ We have received real interest from Primary Care Trusts, patients and charities across the country since the launch, with commissioning bodies eager to see what we have to offer at the recent NHS Confederation Conference.
An open day also gave us the opportunity for people to come to us to see FES in action and find out more about what we can offer from the team here in the National Clinical FES Centre at Salisbury District Hospital.” Ends
Notes for editors
OML (Odstock Medical Limited) employs clinical scientists and physiotherapists both full time and part time via secondment from Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust’s.
The company is embarking on their expansion plans in the UK and are in talks with a number of distributors worldwide to exploit the technology. www.odstockmedical.com
For further information please contact: Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, SP2 8BJ. Tel: 01722 425170