National Rehabilitation Hospital

Prosthetic, Orthotic, Limb Absence Rehabilitation (POLAR) Programme Outcomes, Demographics and Activity 2018

The NRH is the only Consultant Led Multidisciplinary Prosthetic Rehabilitation service provider in Ireland.  The service is provided in conjunction with a Strategic Partner, Ability Matters (selected through international tender) as part of the hospital’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the HSE….. read more

This section details some information about the POLAR (Inpatient) Programme which relates to how we measure the activity; effectiveness; efficiency of, and access to the Programme. 

Demographics, Activity and Outcomes for Inpatient and Day Patient services – 2018

The POLAR Inpatient programme served 69 patients with limb absence in 2018 from throughout Ireland.  This encompasses pre-prosthetic rehabilitation, assessments, re-admissions for gait training and prosthetic rehabilitation.

The POLAR Day Programme encompasses pre-prosthetic rehabilitation, assessments, re-admissions and prosthetic rehabilitation.  The Day programme served 41 local patients residing within commuting distance from the hospital and who were able to provide their own transport.

The NRH has committed to a programme of continual review of its service delivery. Following on from reviews, it implements various improvement plans.

During 2018, the areas considered were:

Average Waiting Time for Admission

The average waiting time for admission to the POLAR Programme during 2018 was:

  • Inpatient Programme – 37 days
  • Day Patient Programme – 28 days

In some cases, patients experience a longer waiting time as they await sanction (approval for funding from the HSE) for their prosthesis.

Average Length of Stay

The Average length of stay for patients in the POLAR Programme in 2018 was:

  • Inpatient Programme – 69 days.
  • Day Patient Programme – 56 days attending the service.

DEMOGRAPHICS & ACTIVITY – Inpatient Programme

The following graphs show, for Inpatients to the service in 2018, the breakdown of pre-hospital HSE areas of residence, gender, and average age profile.  

Pre-hospital HSE Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO) areas of residence of Inpatients discharged by the POLAR Programme in 2018
Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO) Areas

CHO Area 1 – Donegal; Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan and Cavan/Monaghan : 10

CHO Area 2 – Galway; Roscommon; Mayo : 12

CHO Area 3 – Clare; Limerick and North Tipperary/East Limerick : 3

CHO Area 4 – Kerry; North Cork; North Lee; South Lee and West Cork : 2

CHO Area 5 – South Tipperary; Carlow/Kilkenny; Waterford and Wexford : 5

CHO Area 6 – Wicklow; Dún Laoghaire; and Dublin South East : 6

CHO Area 7 – Kildare/West Wicklow; Dublin West; Dublin South City; Dublin South West : 11

CHO Area 8 – Laois/Offaly; Longford Westmeath; Louth and Meath : 16

CHO Area 9 – Dublin North; Dublin North Central; Dublin West : 4

Gender of Inpatients and Day Patients discharged by the POLAR Programme in 2018
Male 81%
Female 19%
Age Profile of Inpatients and Day Patients discharged by the POLAR Programme in 2018
Average age 59 years
Lower age range 24 years
Higher age range 87 years

 

DEMOGRAPHICS & ACTIVITY – Day Patient Programme

The following graphs show, for Day Patients to the service in 2018, the breakdown of pre-hospital HSE areas of residence, gender, and average age profile.  

Pre-hospital HSE Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO) areas of residence of Patients discharged by the POLAR Day Programme in 2018
Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO) Areas

CHO Area 1 – Donegal;  Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan and Cavan/Monaghan : 1

CHO Area 2 – Galway; Roscommon; Mayo : 1

CHO Area 5 – South Tipperary; Carlow/Kilkenny; Waterford and Wexford : 4

CHO Area 6 – Wicklow; Dún Laoghaire; and Dublin South East : 13

CHO Area 7 – Kildare/West Wicklow; Dublin West; Dublin South City; Dublin South West : 11

CHO Area 8 – Laois/Offaly; Longford Westmeath; Louth and Meath : 7

CHO Area 9 – Dublin North; Dublin North Central; Dublin West : 4