Prosthetic, Orthotic & Limb Absence Rehabilitation (POLAR) Patient Outcomes

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

A total of 110 persons were discharged in 2019 from the POLAR Programme.

Of these patients, 68 were discharged from the Inpatient Programme (a 10 bedded ward) and 42 patients were discharged from the POLAR Day Programme.

Of the 68 patients discharged, 58 received a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Programme (CIIRP), and 10 patients were admitted for a short inpatient review or assessment.

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

During 2019, the areas considered were:

Average Waiting Time for Admission

In 2019, the average waiting time for admission to the Inpatient POLAR Programme was 66 days.   The average waiting time for admission to the Day Programme was 38 days. In some cases, patients experience a longer waiting time as they await sanction (approval for funding) for their prosthesis.

Average Length of Stay

In 2019, the average length of stay for patients in the POLAR Inpatient Programme was 56 days.  The average length of stay for Day Patients was 58 Days.


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