The orthotic department can provide a variety of devices to help with treatment and rehabilitation. These are offered to either remedy or relieve a medical condition or disability, and may prevent the development of more disabling conditions. These devices include: Back supports Elastic hosiery Insoles Knee braces Shoes Wigs The department can also loan: Elbow crutches Fischer crutches/sticks Gutter crutches/frames Tripods Walking frames/sticks To obtain an aid from Barnsley Hospital, you have to be under the care of a consultant or other professional (i.e. physiotherapist). You may also be given an aid for your condition following a visit to the emergency department. If you need a device, your doctor or consultant will make an appointment for you with the orthotic department. Most devices need to be ordered or specially made to fit a patient’s measurements and so further appointments will be necessary for your fitting. We have a limited stock supply of devices which can be offered to patients immediately if suitable In some cases, you may be offered a second device for hygiene purposes or for use if the other becomes damaged or you wish to alternate them. Please note that we can only issue replacement devices when your existing one is deemed ‘beyond economical repair’.