Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge is among NHS services across the country set to benefit from additional funding to improve prosthetic and rehabilitation services for ex-servicemen and women.
Addenbrooke’s Rehabilitation Clinic, part of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will benefit from a total £11 million made available by the Government over the next two years to ensure veterans are able to access a high level of prosthetic and rehabilitation care – similar to that which the Armed Forces provides for men and women currently serving in the army, navy and air force.
It is among nine NHS facilities across the country to receive a share of up to £6.7 million of the funding. They will be able to use this specifically to access the latest technology and provide the highest quality of prosthetic care for veteran amputees.
– Dr Dan Poulter, Health Minister
“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 £22 million in total between 2010 and 2015 to support veterans' physical and mental health."
The additional funding and improvements that this will bring will mean that civilian amputees will also be able to benefit from advanced care in centres across the NHS in England. The NHS Commissioning Board will work with military charities and the NHS to finalise the amount each service will receive.