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 100 persons were discharged in 2021 from the POLAR Programme.

Of these patients, 73 were discharged from the Inpatient Programme (a 10 bedded Unit) and 27 patients were discharged from the POLAR Day Programme.

Of the 73 patients discharged, 68 received a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Programme (CIIRP), and 5 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 2021, the areas considered were:

Average Waiting Time for Admission

In 2021, the average waiting time for admission to the Inpatient POLAR Programme was 60 days.   The average waiting time for admission to the Day Programme was 17 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 2021, the average length of stay for patients in the POLAR Inpatient Programme was 55 days.


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