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 116 persons were discharged in 2022 from the POLAR Programme.

Of the 116 patients discharged, 61 received a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Programme (CIIRP), 36 received a full programme of rehabilitation in our Day-patient Programme, and 19 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 2022, the areas considered were:

Average Waiting Time for Admission

In 2022, the average waiting time for admission to the Inpatient POLAR Programme was 47 days.   The average waiting time for admission to the Day Programme was 33 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 2022, the average length of stay for patients in the POLAR Inpatient Programme was 65 days.


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