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Next generation given the chance to become future Paralympians with new NHS sports prostheses
10 January 2017

Next generation given the chance to become future Paralympians with new NHS sports prostheses

Children across England who have either been born without a limb or who have lost a limb have begun to receive new running and swimming blades from the NHS, in a move by the government to help a future generation of young people get active and even become the next Paralympians.

The introduction of children’s sports prostheses on the NHS follows the creation of a £1.5 million fund by the Department of Health to help children run, swim and play sport using specialised sports prostheses.

Our Sussex Rehabilitation Centre (SRC), based at Brighton General Hospital, has fitted Ben, aged 13 from Brighton, with a new running blade to enable him to play football and run. He has now set his sights on the Paralympics.

Ben’s mother Kate Moore said: “We’re really pleased Ben has been fitted with a new running blade. After watching the success of Team GB last year, this blade means Ben can develop his interest in sport and could become part of the next generation of Team GB. We hope more children and young people like Benjamin will be able to benefit too.”

Our Clinical Director, Dr Aneetha Skinner, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, said: “’We are delighted that our Sussex Rehabilitation Centre in Brighton has been one of the first Prosthetic Centres in the UK to benefit from the NHS sports prosthetic funding for children. We are hopeful that this will promote a healthy lifestyle in children along with the psychological benefits of participating in sporting activities.”

A great story where our team at SRC are living our values: providing excellent and compassionate care, working together and achieving ambitions.

The full story has been covered in various national media including BBC News.