It’s emerged there is no formal database of prosthetic users in the Kerry / Cork region.
A recent meeting of the HSE South Regional Health Forum heard that knowledge is however being developed on all prosthetic users.
Access for prosthetic users to a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team is recognised internationally as best practice.
This rehabilitation team is available at the POLAR Unit, located in the Mercy University Hospital Cork.
In 2014 a HSE South prosthetics project group was convened to develop a standardised approach to the application process, clinical pathways and prioritisation of requests for funding for prosthetic devices.
There is a clear policy with regard to the provision of limbs to prosthetic users – the HSE aims to provide each user with a primary functioning limb.