|The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics are finally underway and Team GB are already performing well with a number of medals won over the last few days.|
At ProActive we are proud to be supporting Sophie Kamlish, Stef Reid, Richard Whitehead and Jonnie Peacock as they prepare and compete in Tokyo. We wish them well in their competitions over the coming week….
Richard Nieveen is also part of Team GB having been accredited by the British Paralympic Association as Team Prosthetist and is in Tokyo to support all of Team GB’s prosthetic needs.
The final tweaks and preparations are done and the athletes are transferring from the holding camp to the Paralympic village prior to competing in their events.
We are posting stories from Richard Nieveen, in Tokyo, on our social media and TikTok – please follow the links at the top of this page for some great insights from the holding camp and Paralympic village.
If you would like to catch some of the action here are the dates and times
Stef Reid ~ T64 Long Jump ~ Sat 28 Aug 10:42 (02:42 London time)
Sophie Kamlish ~ T64 100m
Richard Whitehead ~ T61 200m ~ Fri 3 Sep 19:42 (11:42 London time)
We are recruiting! We are looking for a well-motivated, experienced clinical prosthetist to join our expanding team of specialists.
If you would be interested in becoming part of our elite clinical team committed to giving the very best to our patients, please head over to our job opportunities page.
As concern about coronavirus deepens, the team at ProActive would like to assure all our patients and customers that we are making every effort to ensure that we can continue to provide our services to them whilst following Government and WHO guidelines.
Staff have been advised to stay at home if they or one of their household are not well and all have technical facilities in place to allow access to records and work from home as required.
Our excellent hygiene standards have been maintained and enhanced to provide the safest possible environment for all our visitors and staff.
We are able to provide our services whilst maintaining required ‘social distancing’ from staff and other visitors (other than required clinical contact).
We have so far been able to provide a clinical service for all patients who require it. This can be achieved by visiting us but we are also able to provide advice and support over the phone or by video link. Please contact us using the details below to arrange appropriate assistance.
If you have an appointment at ProActive and you are not well, we respectfully request that you contact us to re-arrange it using the contact details below.
Tel: 01252 702500
You can keep up to date by checking this page or via our social media posts.
Remedy Healthcare and ProActive Prosthetics, in a clinical partnership, are delivering a high quality, and true multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation following limb loss.
On Thursday 16th May 2019 ProActive and Remedy hosted an educational seminar. Our best ever!
Following on from a hugely successful seminar last year, we abandoned PowerPoint presentations (well almost!) and provided a day of small group interactive workshops. The participants, a mix of lawyers, insurers and case managers, enjoyed learning, by seeing and being involved, about the journey to successful rehabilitation following complex trauma covering the following areas:
Non-pharmacological Pain Relief
Discussion and demonstrations of alternative forms of pain relief for amputees
Scars, Oedema and Pre-prosthetic Management
Education in a frequently overlooked area of rehabilitation of amputees
Technical Demonstrations of Prosthetic Manufacture and Components
Product and patient demonstrations in our high tech lab
Upper Limb Prosthetics
Demonstrations of the latest technologies in this rapidly progressing area of prosthetics
Not just for the Paralympians; returning to sport is an important part of the rehab journey
Shark Infested Waters
A team activity to illustrate the rehabilitation journey
Feedback from the day was fantastic – tops marks for all workshops and some great comments:
‘Best seminar day I have attended. The small workshops were so practical and informative. I would recommend to all.’
‘Excellent, interactive and great – thanks’
‘Excellent day. really beneficial to have the small group workshops’
‘Fantastic – best way to do a seminar’
If you would like to attend our next seminar, please contact us:
Proactive have been privileged to work with Supervet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick to help little Ren get back on her feet. Ren suffered a devastating injury to her front left paw when another dog attacked her. Her owner, Julie, rushed her straight to her local vet who suggested a full leg amputation but she decided to turn to Professor Noel Fitzpatrick to see whether he could provide Ren with a bionic solution.
Noel examined Ren’s x-rays and discovered that her foot had been ripped off from the paw down. He was perfectly confident that she would live a long and happy life on three legs, and was reluctant to offer amputation prosthesis because she would face a major operation. Instead, he suggested a suction cup prosthesis (a removable foot). Julie was thrilled at the idea of Ren being able to walk again and even more so at the prospect of not having major surgery.
It would take a few weeks for Noel to work with a local prosthetics company to create Ren’s prosthetic foot but in the meantime, he was concerned about infection in her open wound and needed to seal it to create a stump for the prosthetic foot. He decided to cut back the bone up to her wrist and remove the infected area. He then created a stump for the prosthetic foot and and the team at Proactive bandaged her foot up to create a mould for the stump prosthesis. Ren was in great condition and spent the next five days on the ward recovering before Julie took her home.
Two months after the attack, Ren returned to Fitzpatrick Referrals to test out her prosthetic foot. The model consisted of two components – a silicon liner (to buffer the skin and avoid sores) and a carbon fibre sleeve produced with a rubber foot. Christophe Cointet from Proactive and Noel’s colleague Cameron assisted with fitting it – to ensure additional measurements were taken for the final model. The model needed just a few more tweaks before completion – it wasn’t long until Ren would be back up and running again.
Back in Bedfordshire, Ren started living life to the full with her prosthetic foot. Her brothers and sisters hadn’t even noticed any difference and welcomed her back to the pack. Julie had noticed how much more resilient she was and she was running around totally carefree – just as she was before.
Follow this link to view the episode of Supervet featuring Ren https://www.channel4.com/…/the-supervet…/on-demand/65174-018
Many patients travel from afar to benefit from our prosthetic and orthotic services. In order to facilitate support of patients based in the southwest of England we now have a clinic based near Exeter, Devon. We also welcome new patients who may find it easier to access our services at this location.
The clinic is run in conjunction with physiotherapist Holly King who has many years experience working in amputee rehabilitation including complex military cases at Headley Court.
The services we provide here are prosthetic, orthotic and physiotherapy assessments (for treatment or expert reports) reviews, adjustments and maintenance.
To book an appointment at this clinic please contact Lorraine Kentish our clinic manager:
Tel: 01252 702500