Portsmouth set for cash boost for war veterans who need artificial limbs

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HOSPITALS in Portsmouth will be part of an £11m funding boost to improve care for war veterans with prosthetic limbs.

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has announced the Prosthetic Regional Rehabilitation Department of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust will be one of nine facilities across the country to receive a share of up to £6.7m of funding.

The cash will ensure veterans are able to access high-level prosthetic and rehabilitation care.

Dr Poulter said: ‘Ex-servicemen and women who have been injured in the line of duty deserve the very best possible care from the NHS.

‘This is why we are making more funding available to improve veterans’ prosthetic limb services - and £22m in total between 2010 and 2015 to support veterans’ physical and mental health.

‘We want to ensure that our Armed Forces veterans have access to the very best healthcare services at specialist prosthetic and rehabilitation centres across the country. In time, these NHS centres will achieve the same high standards of care for veterans that are offered by Armed Forces rehabilitation centres, such as Headley Court.’

The announcement is in response to recommendations made by Dr Andrew Murrison MP in a report – commissioned by the Prime Minister – about the provision of prosthetics for military amputees.

Jane Williams, NHS South of England chief of medicine for older people, rehabilitation and stroke, said: ‘The trust welcomes the additional funding aimed at improving the prosthetic and rehabilitation care that we provide for veteran amputees.

‘Portsmouth has a long-standing association with the armed forces and we are proud of this connection.

‘Patient care and experience is, and will always be, the highest priority of the trust and we are fully committed to maintaining the excellent quality of service provided by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.’